In a previous article we talked about ways to properly dock your boat. Using the right knot is essential to keeping your boat secured while you are at dinner, or during a windy rain storm. While there are many knots to choose from, it’s not simply deciding which ones you like. Knots can have special properties or features that make them better suited for specific tasks. For instance, are you needing a knot to join to lines or secure your boat to a cleat or piling. Here are a few knots that you should know.
You might know this knot by a few other names including the becket bend, weaver’s knot and weaver’s hitch. This knot is typically used to join lines of different diameters and rigidity. This is a very easy and quick knot to tie and is considered of the essential knots all boaters should know. The only downside to this knot is that it does have the tendency to work its way loose if its not under constant load. You can see from the picture on how it is tied. If you want some additional details you can read more about the Sheet Bend knot. You might be wondering how the sheet bend got its name. The name is from the use of the bending ropes to sails or sheets. The name weaver’s knot traces back to the tying the meshes of fishing nets.
This is also known as the reef knot which is a not used to secure a rope or line around an object. Sometimes this is also called a Hercules knot. This knot is at least 4,000 years old and originated with the use of reef sails. This knot should not be used to join to two ropes together, instead you should use the sheet bend knot. The reef knot is used to tie the two ends of a single line together such that they will secure something, for example a bundle of objects. You can see from the picture, it’s a simple knot that is easy to use. This knot is useful for items that aren’t likely to move much, such as securing items from bouncing out of your boat while underway.
Figure 8 Knot
One knot you probably already know is the figure eight. We use this for a number of uses outside of boating such as rock climbing. This not is also known and a stopper knot and keeps the rope from running out of retaining devices. Similar to the overhand knot, this will jam under strain but us usually easier to undo than the overhand knot. You can see from the picture how easy this knot is to tie and remember. This knot it ideal to keep the end of the rope from slipping out of tackle or anywhere a temporary stopper is needed.
Of course if you are loading your boat on a lift, you might not need to know so many knots. However, when you stop at the marina for lunch or dinner you don’t want your boat floating away!
We have 3 more knots you should know if you are ready to learn a few more.