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Six most famous sailing rope knots

A sailor needs to learn how to tie an ideal knot for docking the boat or other purposes. Here are the most famous sailing knots.



It is the most useful knot. It makes a fixed noose at the end of a line so that it cannot slip. The advantage of bowline knot is that no matter how hard it is tied, it can easily be untied. You should first form a closed loop in the line. The working end must pass over the standing end. You now pass the working end through the loop, behind the standing end and back to the loop.Close the knot with a hard pull.

Stopper Knot


You tie a knot at the end of the line. You should use your hand as a form. Loop the end of the line two times around the palm of your hand, then tuck the working end under the two loops. Now pull the loops off your hand.

Clove hitch


This knot can be tied very easily. You can use it to secure fender whips to a lifeline. You can raise or lower this knot without much effort. You can use it to fasten a dock line to a piling.

Sheet Bend


It is a square knot that is used to tie two lines together. When there is no load, they come off loose. This type of knot is secure and easy to untie.

Two Half Hitches


In this knot, there is one-half hitch followed by another. It forms a running noose which can be made smaller or larger. It is quite easy to tie. It is the best way to secure a dock line to a piling. It also keeps fender whip from slipping.

Cleat Hitch


It is very useful and easy to tie. You will see these knots in any marina where dock lines are secured to cleats. The knot can be released under load also.

You need to try tying these knots again and again until you become a master in these. Once you practice it, you will find it very easy to tie any knot.