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rya tick

Animated knots included in the Day Skipper course

Over 12 years' experience in online training.

This is the classic bowline

It has many uses including tying sheets on to sails and tying the vessel up to a cleat or ring on the shore.

Advantages

It cannot be easily undone under pressure.
Does not easily shake out when used for tying a sheet to the clew of a headsail.

Disadvantages

Not easily undone under pressure so should not be used if this requirement is a possibility.


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Clove hitch

Used for tying fenders to the guard rails and securing the vessel to a bollard.

Advantages

Easy to adjust when used for hanging fenders although an extra half hitch for security is good practice as the knot can work loose.
Very quick way of tying off to a bollard when conditions require it.

Disadvantages

Not easily undone under pressure.


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Rolling hitch

Ideal for tying to a post or bollard.

Advantages

The pull can be inline with the post or rope and not slip.
Good for releasing lines under tension.
Useful for snubbing the anchor.
If a line cannot be undone because it is under tension a rolling hitch can be put round the line and the standing part taken to a winch to release the tension on the line. Rolling Hitch Click to hide.
A strong line can be attached to the anchor chain and tensioned so the chain is slack between the bow roller and the rolling hitch stopping the chain rattling across the bow roller as the vessel rolls and yaws during the night.
The line from the rolling hitch can be tied off to a cleat on the vessel securing the boat to the chain.
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Disadvantages

Difficult to undo under tension.


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