ESSENTIAL BOATING KNOTS TO KNOW
Boating is a very relaxing and pleasant activity to do. Feeling the wind across your face when you’re out in the sea can ease the stress you feel at work. Enjoying your boating trip is a great way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated, provided that everything goes without a hitch. One of the ways to ensure that is to learn to tie boating knots. When going boating, expect that you’ll have to tie a knot at some point. So it’s best to make sure you learn some of the most common and useful boating knots. Here’s a quick guide on how to tie common boating knots.
THE BOWLINE KNOT
If you require a knot that holds firmly but can be easily untied, then learn how to tie the bowline knot. If you want to moor your boat to a dock temporarily, this is the ideal knot to use.
1. The first thing you need to do is to lay the rope across your left hand. Once you do this, you need to make sure that the free end is hanging down.
2. Afterwards, form a rabbit hole by bringing the free end up and then pass it through the rabbit hole from the underside of the rope.
3. The next step is wrapping the free end around the fixed part of the line, then run it back through the rabbit hole.
4. You can then tighten the bowline knot. Hold the fixed part of the line and pull the free end until the knot tightens.
THE CLEAT HITCH
Boaters like using this knot. If you want to tie your boat to a static or floating dock securely but still be able to easily untie it afterwards, you need to learn how to tie a cleat hitch.
1. The first thing to do is to make sure that the line is wrapped around the base of the cleat. Afterwards, bring the line over the top.
2. The second step is wrapping the line around the opposite side of the cleat. Then bring the line over the top.
3. Form a figure eight pattern over and around the cleat by wrapping the line under the first arm. After you’ve done that, form an underhand loop and slip it back to the first arm.
4. To tighten the knot, pull the free end.
THE ANCHOR BEND
An anchor is an essential accessory for every boat. To use the anchor, you have to tie a rope to it, so you can firmly secure the boat. The best knot to use for that is the anchor bend.
1. The first thing to do is to make two loops around the shackle of the anchor.
2. The next step is to pass the free end of the rope behind the fixed line, then pass it through the loops you made in the first step.
3. Use a half hitch to wrap the free end around the standing line and make sure the free end is under the wrap. Pull tight.
4. Lastly, seize the free end. If you want it more secure, tie a Backup knot. You can tie the Backup knot with the tag end going around the standing part.
THE FIGURE EIGHT KNOT
If you want a strong and secure line to hold your boat in a mooring location, the figure eight knot is your best choice.
1. The first thing you have to do is to tie a single eight in the rope two feet from its end.
2. Afterwards, retrace the first figure eight you made with the free end. Make sure to leave a loop at the bottom of any size you desire.
3. To secure this knot, just pull the four strands of the rope tightly.
Being able to tie your own boating knot is essential knowledge and skill for all boaters. Start with these four basic knots and keep practising as knowing your knots is essential for good boating.
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