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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 Buntline Hitch - A good temporary knot which will hold, but comes undone with one pull. Useful for temporarily tying up a dinghy or a kayak.
  • Butterfly Coil - An improperly coiled rope will knot and tangle, making it difficult or impossible to deploy when needed. The butterfly coil is one method of of coiling rope without twists/knots. If you have a very long rope, or limited arm strength, you can butterfly coil the rope over your neck, instead of your arm.

Other important knots for Ephemerisle

  • Icicle Hitch - A gripping hitch, used to tie off a line to a post, or railing. Practical Sailor tests found it to grip better than almost all other gripping hitches.
  • Trucker's Hitch - To tightly ratchet down a line around cargo (such as a backpack, kayak, etc.)

Important if you're anchoring

Important if you're sailing

Additional boating knots are listed on Animated Knots. 5 Essential Sailing Knots shows how to use some of them in practice.