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
- Clove Hitch - To tie off a line to a post, or railing.
- Trucker's Hitch - To tightly ratchet down a line around something.
Important if you're anchoring
- Double Fisherman's Knot - A good way of attaching to lines together
- Rolling Hitch - To tie one line onto another - can be used to relieve or distribute pressure on an anchor line.
Additional boating knots are listed on Animated Knots.