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Sal A posted 04-08-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for Sal A   Send Email to Sal A  
I am new to boating. Last July when I took delivery of my first boat (now upgraded) the lines were already attached to the pilings etc in my rented slip when I took delivery. I never paid much attention on which knots were used, and why.

This season as I ready my slip, and have been researching the "hows", I came across this website and thought it might help other new boaters like myself.

greyg8r posted 04-08-2004 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for greyg8r    

The main problem I have with knots is not having enough choices, but having too many!

I use the following nots almost exclusively:

Fishermen's bend (=Anchor bend) (To tie line to a loop)
Bowline (to make a loop)
Clove hitch with an extra twist (to tie to a piling)
Square knot

I do have a knot book for those more exotic knots and lashings.


Sal A posted 04-08-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I agree with you. What was great about the site is the animated diagrams when you click on the knot, ie bowline.
JohnJ80 posted 04-08-2004 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Did you make sure you had both bow and stern lines PLUS spring lines? most people neglect the spring lines - these are teh ones that pretty much take all the load.

Then all you need is a loop (spliced or bowline) in one end and tie it off to the dock at the other.


Liteamorn posted 04-08-2004 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
John is on the money splice eyes on the ends of your lines and pre adjust them on the dock side , then just slip em on the cleats . You can change them a little just by the way you hook them (around cleat, thru and around, one ear etc.
jimh posted 04-09-2004 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Given the apparently limited possibilities using just 3-4 lines, I am continually amazed at the endless variations that people can devise for securing a boat to a dock. Each boat, each dock, and each owner all seem to create unique situations.

Describing these in words is difficult. Diagrams and pictures are required. The best teaching aid is first-hand demonstration at your dock, with your lines, and your boat.

As in many areas of the recreation we call boating, their is an astonishing range of solutions. From old clothesline to the fanciest marlinspike, boats and owners are tied together by a spider web of rope.

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