Crewing skills

Avoiding collisions at sea – how to stay safe on the water

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Boats have many blind spots, including the headsails of sailing boats. Always keep a lookout, stay safe and remember that whatever their size or type, all boats have a responsibility to avoid collisions with others at sea. If you are heading out on the water for the first time after many months, it would be wise to remind yourself about some of the collision rules,...

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The give-way hierarchy at sea – who gives way to whom?

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Whatever their size or type, all skippers have a responsibility to avoid collisions with other boats at sea.  It is important for all boat skippers to know the give-way hierarchy at sea to help avoid accidents. But how similar are the rules of the road on land and at sea? On land, road users have signs to show them the way and warn them of hazards they are...

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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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