If you want to impress your friends here’s a trick for tying a quick bowline. With a bit of practice this method can be lightning fast.
This valuable hitch can be used to tie a line to the standing part of another line or to a spar. It’s especially useful when you need to transfer the load from one line to another – remember that winch override? It’s similar to the clove hitch but with an extra turn on the side that’s in the direction the load will be applied.
One of the most beautiful and useful sailing knots is the bowline, (pronounced “BO’lin”). The bowline forms a temporary eye, or loop, in the end of a line and is commonly used to attach a jib sheet to the clew of the jib.
This video shows you step-by-step how to tie a bowline knot.
This may be the most underrated knot. It’s fast to tie under load and applicable all around the boat. It’s much more reliable and certainly easier to untie than its cousin the clove hitch. This knot is secure, does not allow the line to chafe, and is easily undone. Use this hitch to tie a dockline to a mooring.
This video shows you step-by-step how to tie a round turn & two half hitches knot.