Boat Handling

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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Essential Knots: Clove hitch

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Essential Knots: Clove hitch Use: Tying a rope to posts, bollards, rings or a guardrail. Step 1. Make a turn around the object and lay the working end diagonally back over the standing part. Step 2. Pass the working end round the object and back through the loop. Step 3. Pull tight   Tip: Learn how to tie and adjust a fender using a clove hitch – this is a job for...

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