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Marine Knots and Sailors' Knots


Learn how to protect your boat from crime and vandalism in marinas
Boat Maintenance Checklist For Boat Owners: A checklist for boat owners to maintain their boats in top condition.
Safety on Boats and in Marinas: A list of do's and don'ts for boat owners and marina owners.
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Learn to tie the most common marine knots and sailor's knots.
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Hangman's Knot

hangman's knot

Scaffold Knot

scaffold knot

Gallows Knot

Gallows Knot

Fisherman's Bend

Fisherman's Bend
A strong and simple knot that tightens when the end is seized as shown.

Surgeon's Knot

Surgeon's Knot
The Surgeon's Knot is a modified reef knot, and is usually used with twine. The extra turn in the first tie prevents slipping.

Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend or Weaver's Knot
Also known as a Weaver's Knot, is used to join small or medium sized ropes.

Timber Hitch

Timber Hitch
A very useful knot for hoisting and towlines because it holds well and doesn't slip or jam.

Fisherman's Knot

Fisherman's Knot
The Fisherman's Knot is the strongest known method of joining fine lines such as fishing lines.

Figure-Eight Knot

Figure-Eight Knot
The figure-eight knot is used at the end of a rope to stop the strands from unraveling.

Clove Hitch

Clove Hitch or Builder's Hitch
Also known as the Builder's Hitch because builders often use it to fasten staging to upright posts.

Reef Knot / Square Knot

Reef Knot or Square Knot
If a square knot is used with ropes of unequal size, or if one rope is stiffer than the other, it WILL come undone. A square knot should NEVER be used to tie two ropes together (This is called a bend.) Many lives have been lost as a result of using a square knot to tie two ropes together.

This is by no means a complete or authoritative list. For the best list on the net with videos and step by step instructions of all the knots see Animated Knots