Yachting is the perfect pastime! It is a lot of fun, although it does require some skill and dexterity, and can have the added benefit of training and fitness level. It is also an active holiday that puts safety at the forefront, and one way to achieve this is to know the various knots of the sea.
Learning to knit sea knots with Sasha Goron
Knowing how to tie a knot on a boat is critical. We will look at the most basic types of knots that you need to be able to tie when you are at sea, and of course know what they are for.
Bowline Knot - this is the most important of the sea knots. It is a versatile unit used for boat mooring, rescue operations, for belaying and securing deck equipment.
It knits easily and is considered the most reliable of all nautical knots. It does not slip or tangle and can be untied quickly and easily.
To create the loop shape, leave enough rope for the loop size you want. Pass the running end through the peephole at the bottom. Then we braid the root knot diagonally and pass it back through the peephole. It is very important to tighten the knot tight to get it working. The marine knot starts working only when it is well tightened.
Any sea knot should be as easy to untie as it should be tied. One correct movement is enough to untie the arbor knot. In our step-by-step video, Sasha Goron - skipper from the team Interparus Yachting, will show you how to tie a gazebo knot in the classic way:
Or in a quick way:
Stop knot or Eight knot (Figure-Eight Knot, Flemish Knot) Is a simple but important knot for boaters. It is designed to thicken the rope, and is used as a stopper and anchor knot.
To tie the Eight Knot, you need to wrap the running end around the root end, and pull over it, forming a loop. Then, pass the running end through the loop formed, before tying it over yourself, and tighten your knot tightly.
The stop knot is used in all head and clew ends that have a risk of slipping out of the stoppers, so its importance is not exaggerated. In our step-by-step video, Sasha will show you how easy it is to learn how to tie this classic sea knot:
Straight Knot (Reef Knot, Square Knot, Hercules Knot) - this is the simplest sea knot, but one of the most ancient, although not the most reliable. The ancient Greeks called the straight knot - Hercules knot, but in English it sounds like Square knot... Its main purpose is to tie two ropes of the same diameter. Basically, it is used for easy grabbing on not strong traction, since its main disadvantage is sliding along the rope, and strong tightening under heavy loads or when wet.
Use two ropes to tie a straight knot. Throw the two ends to one side, then to the other, and you get two parallel turns.
Under heavy load, the straight knot will tighten tightly and may not be easy to loosen. If you are faced with such a situation, use a boatswain's knife pile to untie the tightly tightened straight knot. How to tie a straight knot, see our detailed video:
Clove Hitch - one of the most reliable and highly tightening knots, although at first glance it may seem too simple. It is a self-tightening knot that is used to tie ropes to smooth, round surfaces. The name of the node comes from the word Shallow - in the old fleet, the so-called cross sections of the old cable serving as steps for climbing the masts. This knot was used to attach the bleached to the shrouds.
Today, the main purpose of this unit is to tie fenders to handrails, tie them to stainless steel pipes, and moor to the quay bollard. The positive qualities of this knot include the fact that it is easy to tie with one hand. There are several ways to tie a knotted knot:
Mooring Hitch or Bollard Hitch Is a popular way of attaching mooring lines. There are many variations of products used for yacht mooring, but the main ones can be considered bollards and ducks, you will find them in any marina, and attachment to them takes place using this knot.
Correct mooring Is an integral part of life on a boat and knowledge of the mooring knot is a must for safe berthing. Watch our step-by-step video to be fully prepared when entering the marina and to properly secure the mooring line.
Clew, Weber or Sheet Bend - this is one of the main nodes, which, by the way, is more than 9 thousand years old. In nautical practice the clew knot is used to tie two ends of different thicknesses, but it also holds ropes of the same thickness well. It is often used to tie a thin conductor to a thick mooring cable. This knot holds securely when traction is applied to the cable.
The clew knot is a relative of the bowling knot and has two variations: single and double. We recommend using the double clew assembly on the yacht. Since this knot is the brother of the arbor knot, it is untied in a similar way. How to tie a clew knot will show you step by step Sasha Goron:
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