Posts by Simon Jollands

Essential Knots: Reef knot

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Essential Knots: Reef knot Use: Tying two ends of rope together, often used for tying up a bundle of loose sail around the boom. Step 1. Take two ends of a rope. Use one as the working end. Step 2. Right over left. Then under. Step 3. Then left over right and under. Step 4. Pull tight. Tip: Practice tying a reef knot by using your shoelaces.   Check out The Knot...

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Essential Knots: Bowline

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Essential Knots: Bowline Use: Making a secure eye or loop in the end of a rope. Bowlines have many uses on a boat, for example to make a loop in a mooring line to go over a bollard, or to secure a jib sheet to a head sail. This is one of those very useful knots to go on practising until you can do it with your eyes closed!  Step 1. Make a small loop near the end of...

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Essential Knots: Sheet bend

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Essential Knots: Sheet bend Use: Joining two ropes together. A sheet bend is particularly useful for joining two ropes of different thicknesses together and is very secure. Step 1. Make a bight in the end of one rope (the thicker one if the two are different thicknesses). Step 2. Pass the other rope through the bight… Step 3 .…then around and under, leaving both...

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