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Old 02-17-2013, 05:45 AM   #21
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OK, to be technical, the shoelace knot is a double-slipped reef knot. In boating, the figure 8 knot is a stopper knot in one line, and does not form a loop.

My favorite bend, and one I use all the time for lines of the same diameter, is now called a "zeppelin" knot. I read the article (forget which magazine) when it was first described maybe 10 years ago, by a guy who was taught it by an old zeppelin captain. Before that, I thought I was the only one in the world who knew this one. An old fisherman had taught it to me when I was in my teens.

Now, with the power of the Internet, it's becoming more well known:

Zeppelin Bend | How to tie the Zeppelin Bend | Climbing Knots

Tie this one a few times and you'll find yourself using it a lot.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #22
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Great comments all! My wife makes fun of my insistance on using proper knots/bends/hitches. She asks," what's the difference between your fancy knots and mine?" "Honey," I answer with all the patience I can muster," both your redneck knot and my sailor's knot will hold...that's NOT the main difference. The main difference is I can get my sailor knots loose easily and quickly without a butcher knife!"
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #23
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Rolling hitch, and bowline are the ones I use most, once my shoes are tied.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #24
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Hey, I like that Zeppelin Bend...does it work with different diameter ropes like a double fisherman's?
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:27 PM   #25
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Bowline and half hitch are the only two "boating" knots I use. The other knot I use all the time is what I learned decades ago as a "trucker's knot." It probably has other names, but it's a knot used to jam a line onto itself in such a way that it cannot come undone on its own, it cannot slip looser, but it can be slipped tighter. I use it in countless different ways.
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Hey, I like that Zeppelin Bend...does it work with different diameter ropes like a double fisherman's?
I don't know how well it "works" with different diameter line, but it looks awful that way. For that I'd use a Beckett, or if necessary, a double Beckett.

As Cap K points out, the huge benefit of a proper knot like this is how easy it is to untie. The zeppelin bend is one of the easiest, no matter how much strain it's been put under. And it's strong. I don't have any test data on its breaking strength vs. a straight line, but if you look at its structure you'll see that it spreads the load out very well.

And its symmetrical look is very tidy.

I shouldn't be telling you all this. I don't really use a lot of knots, but when someone who does starts bragging, the zeppelin is my ace in the hole. I pull that one out if they can beat me at tying a flying bowline.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #27
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Bowline, double becket bend, clove hitch and half hitches are most used for me. When I have a sailboat I would tie a bosin chair with a bowline on a bight.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:57 PM   #28
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My knot repertoire is limited, but it suits me well.

Double half hitch, bowline, clove and cleat hitch. When frequently operating the dinghy between boats, we prefer to set a loop in the painter for simple cleat ties. We adjust the painter lengths to allow an easy stbd side tie to our swim step / aft cleats.

Oh... and I prefer slip-on shoes and flip-flops.
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