Boating Knots, Bends and Hitches Day 3
A KNOT is tied in a single piece of line.
A BEND is used to join two lines.
A HITCH is used to tie a line to something.
There are literally hundreds of knot, bends and hitches.
However, knowing seven will be all you will need for most
Figure of Eight is used as a stopper knot to prevent a line
from slipping through a block or fairlead. Usually used in the
end of the jib sheets and the main sheet.
Reef or Square Knot is used to tie up the foot of the mainsail
when you are reefing(reducing sail). It can also be used to tie
up a sail or any kind of package.
Bowline is used to form a non-slip loop in a line. Commonly
called the "King of the Knots".
Sheet bend is used to join together lines of different size.
The smaller line is woven around the larger line.
Double Sheet Bend - more secure than the Sheet Bend
Clove hitch is used as a temporary method of attaching a line
around a pole or spar. Often used to tie fenders to the
Rolling Hitch is used to fasten a line to another line so
strain can be taken along the line. It will slip in one
direction but will bind when pulled in the opposite
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches - used to tie the boat to a
dock or mooring buoy. Can be untied under load.
Grog's Animated Knots
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