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This week on Your Pocket Sailing Instructor podcast we are digging into knots! This is a list of the top 10 knots I use when sailing. I think that they are valuable and you should learn them as well. Being able to tie quick, efficient and reliable knots is key for your sailing toolbox.
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Top 10 Sailing Knots
- Description: the bowline creates a non-slip loop.
- Examples: use for jib sheets, dock lines, crew overboard recovery
#2 Rolling Hitch
- Description: attach a rope to another rope whereby you can apply tension to the rope and the knot will not slip
- Examples: use for winch overrides, anytime you need to remove load from a rope
#3 Round Turn & Two Half Hitches
- Description: attach a rope to a ring, bar, pole or dock post.
- Examples: use for docklines on a dock ring; use for fenders on toerail or handrail.
#4 Eight Knot
- Description: simple, but effective, stopper knot.
- Examples: use at ends of halyards and sheets (except spinnaker sheets)
#5 Reef Knot
- Description: tie two lines of equal thickness together.
- Examples: tying your sail tie ends together.
#6 Double Sheet Bend
- Description: tie two lines of unequal thickness together.
- Examples: tying your dinghy painter to a sternline.
#7 Cleat Hitch
- Description: secure a line to a horn cleat.
- Examples: dockline to dock cleat; halyard to horn cleat; sheets to horn cleat
#8 Highwayman's Hitch
- Description: quick release knot for temporarily securing a line.
- Examples: quick tie down for tarp.
#9 Alpine Butterfly Loop
- Description: creating a secure loop in the middle of a rope.
- Examples: used when there is damage on a line; tarp tie down.
#10 Clove Hitch
- Description: simple, quick and temporary hitch to fasten a rope to a post.
- Examples: used for initial fender set up when docking; securing tiller.