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Old 06-14-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Knots - Which Do You Use?

What are your five most used knots, in order?

Mine are:

Bowline
Turn and two half hitches
Reef
Figure of eight
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:41 PM   #2
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Cleat Hitch
Clove Hitch
Bowline
Figure Eight
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Roll and two half hitches, clove hitch, bowline, (double) sheet bend and shoelace bow. The last one is the one I have most trouble un-tying sometimes.
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Not to start an argument or anything (yeah right!) but...

Is a cleat hitch a knot?

And you guys don't have shoe laces?
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Yeah, not all "knots," but we're all friends here....

Cleat hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, figure eight.

If transiting the large locks in Ballard, the sheet bend is essential to attach the lock tender's messenger line to your lock line. Unless you're a lubber.

Which they do see from time to time!
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7, 8, and 9
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7, 8, and 9
I see what you did there.
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If transiting the large locks in Ballard, the sheet bend is essential to attach the lock tender's messenger line to your lock line. Unless you're a lubber.
Do they balk at two bowlines, boat side at the ready?
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My Dad maintained you had to learn four inots if you wanted to be on his (crappy little) boat:

Stop knot (or figure eight)
Bowline
Reef knot
Clove hitch
I dont think he thought of a cleat hitch as a knot proper, but he was very demanding about them.

"A knot has to do two things: hold securely and release easily."

I am continually amazed how many knots I see that fail condition #2.

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My Dad maintained you had to learn four knots if you wanted to be on his (crappy little) boat:

Stop knot (or figure eight)
Bowline
Reef knot
Clove hitch
I dont think he thought of a cleat hitch as a knot proper, but he was very demanding about them.

"A knot has to do two things: hold securely and release easily."

I am continually amazed how many knots I see that fail condition #2.

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If his priority was the figure eight he was probably a sailor as that is the knot of choice for sheets going through the gib track eye.
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I can’t tie a knot to save my life. I hired out.
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Bowline. Rolling Hitch (and variation constrictors), Round turn + 2, Clove hitches, Figure 8, Square. And yes, the shoelace knot.
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I canít tie a knot to save my life. I hired out.
You only wear pumps, no runners, no sneakers?
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And you guys don't have shoe laces?
A slipped reef knot, on nearly every list
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Bowline, rolling hitch, slip knot, constrictor knot, round turn and 2 half hitches.


Different knots were used when I was sailing.
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Bowline is very universal.
Sheet shank (Sheet bend) for the locks
Clover hitch for fenders
Square knot for the Bergie cover
Taut-line hitch for Canadian Bull rails
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Bowline, Rolling hitch, and Square knots, for boating and when fishing, Surgeons's loop, Bloodline, and improved Clinch knots.
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Cleat hitch
Clove hitch
Bowline
Improved clinch
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Double slip knot is tops. Used routinely to tie shoes which I do several times a day. Consider mastery the second most memorable accomplishment as a child.
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