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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. And we've seen a lot of bad knots through the years of Ephemerisle.

Everyone should know these

Other good knots for Ephemerisle

Extra credit

  • Double Fisherman's Knot - A good way of attaching two lines together
  • Rolling Hitch - To tie one line onto another - can be used to relieve or distribute pressure on an anchor line.
  • Sheet bend - Great for tying together to ropes of different sizes. It's actually identical to a bowline, just using to ropes.
  • Additional boating knots are listed on Animated Knots.

Getting Salty


  • Monkey fist - A nice decorative knot to tie on the end of a line which gives it weight for throwing.
  • Splicing 3 strand - Permanently attaching two lines together with very little loss of line strength, or attaching a line to itself.
  • Common whipping or Sailmaker's whipping - Ways to use thread to keep the end of ropes from fraying. Electrical or gorilla tape works pretty well too, but a whipping is much more stylish.