Learning the ropes

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Tying knots is an essential part of sailing. Most boats have plenty of rope, as rope is the most effective form of running rigging.   Today I won’t go into the details of knot tying, but rather I will refer you to simply the best website there is on knot tying.

There is no need to buy a book any more with resources like this, in fact I always found learning from static pictures rather difficult. Animated knots gives you clear visual guides to tying knots.

If you are a dinghy sailor, you can actually get away with just two knots. The figure of eight and the bowline. If you are sailing a bigger boat there are probably 3 or so more knots that come in handy.

Nothing beats practice, and the ability to tie a bowline on a bouncy boat, in the dark, is a definite bonus skill. So get that bit or rope and keep on practicing.

The site to visit is

Animated Boating Knots by Grog
Enjoy it, it is good.

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