Knots

 Common boating and marine knots



 



Two Half Hitches
Reliable knot is easy to tie for mooring, or docking.
You can also use this knot for tieing the bumpers or fenders to your pontoon railing.
You really need to know how to tie this knot.

  1. Pass the end of a rope around a post or other object.
  2. Wrap the short end of rope under and over the long part of rope, pushing the end down through the loop. This is a half hitch.
  3. Repeat on the long rope, below first half hitch, and draw tight.

Two Half Hitches

This knot is reliable for mooring, add a 3rd half hitch for extra safe mooring.

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Sheet Bend
Reliable knot for joining two ropes of any size.
Widely used for boating.
You really need to know how to tie this knot.

* Sheet Bend is for joining two ropes of any size or equal size.
* Use it when towing another boat, to tie your rope to theirs.
* Use it to make a quick repair of a broken or cut ski rope.
* Use it to tie extra rope to the anchor when a longer rope is needed.

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Bowline
Does not jam or slip when tied properly.
Widely used by fire and rescue teams.
You should know how to tie this knot.

  1. Make the overhand loop with the end held toward you, then pass the end through the loop.
  2. Now, pass the end up behind the standing part, then down through the loop again.
  3. Draw tight.
Bow Line
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Cleat Hitch
Two ways to tie a rope to a cleat.

cleat hitch
cleat hitch
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Anchor Bend
This knot is used to secure a rope or a line to an anchor.

  1. Pass two loops through a ring.
  2. Place the free end around the long rope.
  3. Pass the free end through loops.
  4. Complete by making a half hitch.
Anchor Bend
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Clove Hitch
An easy way to tie a rope around a post.
This knot can work loose, so it is best to finish off with 1 or 2 Half Hitches.

  1. Make a turn with the rope around the object and over itself.
  2. Take a second turn with the rope around the object.
  3. Pull the end up under the second turn so it is between the rope and the object; tighten by pulling on both ends.
Clove Hitch
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Figure Eight
This knot is for the end of a rope, so you can hold on.

  1. Make an underhand loop, bringing the end around and over the standing part.
  2. Pass the rope end under, then up through the loop.
  3. Draw tight.
Figure Eight
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Whipping the End of a Rope
This will Bind the end of a rope.
Mason line works very well for this.

  1. Make a small long loop along the rope.
  2. Wind the line around the rope, close and tight.
  3. Feed the end through the long loop that is exsposed.
  4. Pull both ends of the line tight and also pull the two lines under the wrapped line.

 

whipping the end of a rope
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Braiding a Loop with Twisted Rope
Now you can make your own docking lines

This does not have to be perfect. Just weave each
of the three rope ends one after the other till you get about 6" of braid.

braiding a loop in rope
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