For an experienced crew member or skipper, tying a knot according to the task being done is a matter of pride, security, and safety. There are hundreds of knots, ranging from simple to complicated, and not everyone can remember them all. In some cases, multiple knots can be used for a single task, making things more confusing.
For example, want to attach the new anchor and create an unbreakable connection? Use the anchor bend. Need to tie your boat to the dock? Use the rolling hitch or cleat hitch.
All this information can be a bit overwhelming for boating beginners. Hence, we have narrowed down the five most common knots that all new boaters should know. Let’s look at them:
1. Cleat Hitch
The cleat hitch is a knot used to secure a boat to the dock. It is also used to secure halyards and ground tackle. Since securing your boat is the most important task when it comes to docking, this is the first knot all boating beginners should learn. This knot is easy to tie and untie. Still, it provides a strong grip.
2. Clove Hitch
The clove hitch is a knot used to secure the boat to the rail. It is also used for tasks, such as hanging coils for neat stowage and securing fenders, so they don’t look messy hanging down from the bow rail. The method of tying a clove hitch differs from task to task, such as securing the boat to a pole or around a rail.
3. Anchor Bend
The anchor bend is a knot used when you need an unbreakable connection. For example, when you want to tie the boat to the anchoring ring. This knot is so secure it’s impossible to open. So, before you tie this knot, remember that you will have to cut it in the end to release your boat.
A bowline is a knot that is used to create a temporary loop. It does not close with tension, which is why you can easily untie it. You can place this knot over a piling or cleat or use it to attach the line to the eye. It also allows you to retrieve objects without the use of a loop, which usually closes with tension. However, keep in mind that a bowline will come undone under load. Therefore, it is not that secure with slippery materials such as polypropylene.
5. Figure Eight
Figure-eight is a knot used for securing the boat dock to a mooring location. Rock climbers also use this knot to hold their gear, which is why it is considered a strong knot. However, since it can be undone easily, you need to make sure you have looped it properly; otherwise, you will have to tie it again.
There are a couple of more knots that we will discuss in Part 2 of this blog. For more information on boating knots, visit our blog. Don’t forget to browse our website for plastic docks in Ontario. For more information, call (800) 654-8168.