Knots You Should Know

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Anytime you are working with a boat on the water you need to know a few knots to help you out with securing your boat and loads. While there are hundreds of knots available, we have selected a few that you should include in your list of known knots. If you are securing a boat at your house to a dock or pilings, it might be a good idea to make sure your dock and pilings are safe with a regular inspection.

Bowline Knot

This knot is probably to most important knot to know when working around our boat. This simple knot ties an open end, a loop, around the line allowing it to easily tie and be used to secure your boat. This knot is also sometimes called a rescue knot, especially since it can be tied with one hand. This is a very strong and actually recommended by the FAA for securing light aircraft to the ground. Taking your time to learn this knot can prove to be invaluable in the future.

Fisherman’s Knot

The name may lead you to believe that this knot is one that would be used on fishing line. It actually should not be used with monofilament as the know will slip when wet. This knot is designed for 2 similar ropes that can be joined together. It is 2 over hand knots that work against each other. The more load, the tighter this will become. Since this is easy to tie in wet and cold conditions, it has been a friend of fisherman on their boats, hence getting the name, fisherman’s knot.

Clove Hitch

This knot was named in the 1700’s but the knot is much older. As early as the 16th century this knot had been documented and used.  This knot is used to secure a rope to a piling when docking a boat. It can be quickly tied and allows you to adjust the length easily. When using this with a rope of smaller diameter, it may be difficult sometime to untie if it was under a heavy load. When secured to a round post or piling, this can be much stronger and reliable than a square post.

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