Knowing how to tie a few basic knots is essential to a boater’s security so here are a basic 5 that you should know and know how to tie them and when to use them.
5 Knots You Should Know
Two half hitches - the hitch most often used in mooring. Pass end of line around post or other object. Wrap short end of line under and over long part of the line, pushing the end down through the loop. This is a half hitch. Repeat on long line below first half hitch and draw up tight.
Figure Eight - keeps the end of a line from running out of a tackle or pulley. Make underhand loop, bring end around and over the stand- ing part. Pass end under and then up through the loop. Draw up tight.
Clove Hitch - a quick method of fastening a line around a post, etc. Make a turn with the line around the object and over itself. Take a second turn around the object. Pull the end up under the second turn so it is between the line and the object. Tighten by pulling on both
Anchor Bend - Used to secure a line to a buoy or an anchor. Pass two loops through ring. Place free end around standing line. Pass free end through loops. Complete by making a half hitch.