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While taking apart the city there were a lot of very bad knots. Generally speaking a good knot not only holds whatever it is designed to, but is also easy to untie. Knots on top of knots on top of knots, shows a lack of confidence that the original knot will hold.

Everyone should know these

  • Cleat Hitch - Used for attaching anchors lines or dock lines to a cleat.
  • Bowline - Forms a loop which holds perfectly, yet unties almost effortlessly.
  • Bowline on a Bight - Another way of tying a bowline when you don't have access to the end of the line.
  • Figure 8 - Stopper knot
  • Slipped Reef Knot - A good temporary knot which will hold, but comes undone with one pull.

Other important knots for Ephemerisle

Important if you're anchoring

Additional boating knots are listed on Animated Knots.