A clear introduction to the world of knots, from the practical to the decorative. Illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to master over 50 knots.
Step-by-step instructions to tying over 50 knots from the essential to the decorative.
A practical guide for sailors, mountaineers and campers as well as those who would like to try their hand at more decorative knots.
It includes all the knots you need to be an RYA Competent Crew, plus 42 more!
Bowline - The Purple Knot is a bowline knot from Classic Sailing and is not in the book.
This is probably the most difficult knot but also one of the most useful. It is used for making a fixed loop at the end of a line. It is used for tying sheets (ropes) to the clews of sails and is also used for mooring lines. Caution you can not untie a bowline knot if it under tension, so never have a bowline at each end!
Many small scale uses and often used for tying fenders to the guard rail on a modern yacht.
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches
Useful knot for the opposite end of a rope with a bowline, part of the trick is the ‘Round Turn’ that should not get short changed.
The reef knot is named after its main purpose, to reef a sail. Make sure you don’t do a granny knot!
Another tricky one but so useful when you get it right. Attaches one rope to a rope that is under tension so you can get more than one pulling direction on it.
Figure of Eight
Nice neat little know that makes the end of the rope chunky and stops it slipping back through the hole you have just passed it through.
Typically used to join a small or thinner rope to a larger or thicker rope. Helps increase the length of a mooring line or for pulling across a mooring line using the line thrown ashore.