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Old 10-06-2014, 08:33   #16
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I would add the reef and trucker's hitch to Lassie's essentials. 5 knots to cover a lifetime at sea or ashore. No big deal. All that other stuff came from sailors having a lot more free time than working stiffs. Heh.

Over beers one rainy afternoon, a couple of young GQ studs, paid deckhands on a megayot overnighting off the ICW, were doing the Big Dog, and enlightening the yokels with tales of high seas derring-do.

I produced a dog lead I was carrying and offered both a beer if either could tie a bowline. Yo ho ho! They were offended, and insulted, and so forth. When the hubbub died down, I offered the dynamic duo a case of beer to tie a bowline. They stomped out with parting words of an unkind nature.

Does this make me a bad person?
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Definitely Grandma's sixshooter half knot!
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The Prusik knot is a useful sliding friction hitch. This is what they used for ascending ropes before Jumars were invented. Also useful when moving along a safety line when you need something that won't slide all the way to the end of the safety line in an accident. Jumar type ascenders only work in one direction whereas a Prusik works in either direction. A Bachmann hitch is a variation of the Prusik with a carabiner wrapped in the coil to make it easier to slide along a line and will still grip plenty good when weight is applied, but works in only one direction like a Jumar.

I find the trucker's knot useful for tying stuff down that I want to untie easily in a hurry. Some knots are really hard to untie after weight is applied to them.
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Another vote for Grogs animated knots: there is even an app so that you can have it with you wherever you go.
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I would add the reef and trucker's hitch to Lassie's essentials.
Trucker's hitch was on my list .
Really useful for tying trailer loads of stuff down and has come in handy occasionally on board.

I would have loved to see the bowline episode .
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... I would have loved to see the bowline episode .
It was a beautiful thing, and I got a couple free beers from appreciative yokels when we all stopped laughing.
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The rabbit goes up the hole, around the tree and back down the hole.

An acquaintance of mine had bought a used Catalina 37'. He didn't swap out his running rigging and his headsail halyard parted at the masthead. A man who said he had sailed a lot (and who was the smallest/lightest crew member) volunteered to be hauled up the mast. He fed some fishing line to the base of the mast where I retrieved it with a coat hanger and tied the halyard to it so this guy could haul the halyard back up the inside of the mast. When he got the line all the way back up he asked what he should do with it. I told him to tie the halyard onto the sail using a bowline. That's when this "sailor" told us he didn't know how to.

I used the binoculars and yelled up instructions to this guy - it took a half hour before he got it right.

You don't need to know a lot of knots - a half dozen as many here have suggested. All else is to show off your knowledge.
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Amazed the sail stayed up there..
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I crewed on a half million dollar yacht and the captain had all the maintenance done by paid labour including tying of knots. Otherwise he seemed quite competant. Knots were not his thing.
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I would add the reef and trucker's hitch to Lassie's essentials. 5 knots to cover a lifetime at sea or ashore. No big deal. All that other stuff came from sailors having a lot more free time than working stiffs. Heh.

Over beers one rainy afternoon, a couple of young GQ studs, paid deckhands on a megayot overnighting off the ICW, were doing the Big Dog, and enlightening the yokels with tales of high seas derring-do.

I produced a dog lead I was carrying and offered both a beer if either could tie a bowline. Yo ho ho! They were offended, and insulted, and so forth. When the hubbub died down, I offered the dynamic duo a case of beer to tie a bowline. They stomped out with parting words of an unkind nature.

Does this make me a bad person?
Why were the first words that came to mind:

Tee Hee!!!
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All good knots listed but one I tried, the half hitch, really doesnt hold well and is too simple to be a knot. I nick named it a no-no knot.
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All good knots listed but one I tried, the half hitch, really doesnt hold well and is too simple to be a knot. I nick named it a no-no knot.
Round turn and two half hitches works better on most applications than clove hitch (which is two half hitches)
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Id like to recommend the man o war for shortening rope temporary
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Can't think of anything I use a clove hitch for, except it is a component of lots of other knots eg the handcuff .

The French Bowline

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