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Old 15-11-2011, 19:35   #1
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At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

I use the Bowline with two turns, the Buntline and the Stopper knots for the majority of my knots - they're easy to tie and my wife (and I) think they look "good" - my question is are they ('good' or 'strong' or ...)

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Old 15-11-2011, 20:24   #2
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Re: At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

Bowline and rolling hitch are the two I use most, almost exclusively.
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Old 15-11-2011, 22:19   #3
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Re: At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

My favorite knots are bowline, clove hitch, rolling hitch and anchor bend. Not so much the buntline because it really can bind under load. Of course the figure eight at the end of the sheets and the slippery reef for reefing sails.
Here's a great site that explains the pros and cons of most popular knots.

Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care,

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Re: At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

Figure eight, figure eight loop, figure eight on the bight. Easier to tie than a bowline IMHO and at least as good. Learned all the 'rescue' knots in rescue training, but they are the ones that we use most of all in that area and I find them equally useful for most other things.

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Re: At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

I like the buntline because of it's low profile.
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Old 16-11-2011, 02:42   #6
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Re: At Great Risk - the KNOT Thread

Same as most of the above, all good knots. Also use a halyard hitch on the mainsail outhaul, as I found that the bowline limited how far back I could pull the clew before the bowline hit the sheave. The halyard knot allows another inch and a bit. It does bind up though, and needs to be cut if it has to be removed, but I allowed for this when fitting a new outhaul
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