Fit to be tied – essential sailing knots!

By: Standards

Since time immemorial, sailors looking to crew were asked two simple questions: “Can you tie a bowline, and where’s your knife?” Today perhaps we’re a bit more exacting when it comes to choosing who we’ll sail with, but some things never change. A few basic sailing knots are essential for every trip, whether it’s just a jaunt around the lake or an ocean passage. What sailing knots will you learn in ASA 101, Basic Keelboating? 1. Bowline. (pronounced bo-lin) This is the granddaddy of them all–a workhorse that never slips or jams, and has been used since ancient times. Your …