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Sailing Knots

The following are some of the most useful knots for sailing:

Bowline: The bowline is an exceptionally versatile knot. It is quick to tie, it doesn’t slip and it doesn’t jam. It can be used to attach jib sheets to the jib’s clew.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Clove Hitch:  Used to attach a line to an object. Not a highly secure knot, but sufficient to attach fenders to lifelines.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Round turn and Two Half Hitches:  A Round Turn and Two (or more) Half Hitches is useful for attaching a mooring line to a dock post or ring although probably less secure than the Anchor (Fisherman’s) Hitch. As the name suggests, the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches is composed of two important parts.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Trucker’s Hitch: It has the distinctive feature of providing a mechanical advantage when being tightened. The variety of names for this hitch is a tribute to its widespread use. It is a valuable knot – particularly for securing loads or tarpaulins.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Anchor Hitch: Also known as the Fisherman’s Hitch, or Bend is an excellent knot to use for attaching an anchor line to an anchor.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Square Knot (Reef): The reef knot is used to tie reef points in a sail. Otherwise, the knot both jams and slips.
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Figure Eight: The stopper knot. Used at the end of a line to keep it from sneaking away. Often seen at the end of jib sheet
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Sheet Bend: This knot is recommended for joining two ropes of unequal size. The thicker rope must be used for the simple bight as shown. It works equally well if the ropes are of the same size.
To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.

Cleat Hitch (Dock Line): The Cleat Hitch secures a rope to a cleat. It is deceptively simple and an unwary skipper who invites visitors to cleat a mooring line may be astonished and dismayed by the unsatisfactory results.  To see video on this knot, visit Animated Knots.



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