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Just a few of the animated knots included in the day skipper course

This is the classic bowline

it has many uses including tying sheets, tying up to a cleat and much more.

Advantages

When used for tying up to a shore cleat it cannot be easily undone under pressure.
Dose not easily shake out when used for tying sheets to the clue of the Gib or Genoa.

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 also securing to a bollard.

Advantages

Easy to adjust when used for hanging fenders although an extra half hitch for security is good practice.
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 in line with the post or rope and not slip.

Good for releasing lines under tension. More..
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.


Useful for snubbing the anchor. More..
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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Reef Knot

Used for tying two lines together. Used for sail ties and tying down the bunt.

Advantages

Easy to adjust, tension and simple to use.

Disadvantages
Can slip.


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Sheet Bend

Used for tying two lines, of different thickness, together.

Advantages

Easy to adjust and simple to use.

Disadvantages
Can slip or shake out.


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Double Sheet Bend

Used for tying two lines, of different thickness, together.

Advantages

Easy to adjust and simple to use.

Disadvantages
Can shake out.


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Round turn and two half hitches

Used for tying to bollards or towing posts.

Advantages

Easy to tie quickly, van be undone under pressure

Disadvantages
Can be undone under pressure possibly by vandals if used to moor a vessel to an open quay.


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