5 Essential Knots Every Boater Should Know

It may seem absurd that many boaters do not know how to tie knots. However, if you take a stroll through any marina, you will see all manners of knot tying. There are only five basic knots that any boater should know how to tie to secure their boats and to help keep the marina safe.

Cleat Hitch

Cleat Hitch

The cleat hitch is fundamental for securing a boat to a dock, securing ground tackle and halyards.

Clove Hitch

Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is vital for securing devices, such as fenders, on fixed rails or handles.

Clove Hitch Alternative

Clove Hitch Alternative

The alternative method of tying a clove hitch works well when securing a boat to a piling.

Double Half Hitch

Double Half Hitch

This is another knot that can be used to secure a line to a fixed rail or handle.

Bowline

Bowline

Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend

This is used for securing two lines together and is especially effective if the lines are two different sizes. This knot unties easier than a conventional square knot.

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