In Seamanship, knots are in everyday day use aboard a yacht. Learn to tie the Bowline with one hand, the running hitch to free a line jammed on a winch "overwind", the sheet bend to tie the sheet to the head sail clew, the clove hitch to tie a horse outside the saloon's hitching post.
- Thumb or over-hand knot, tied at the end of a rope to prevent it from opening out, &c.
- Right or reef-knot, for securing all lashings where the ends of the rope meet together.
- Draw-knot, which offers great facility in undoing.
- Running-knot, used to bind or draw anything close.
- Sheepshank, serving to shorten a rope without cutting it or unfastening the ends.
- Clove-hitch, which binds with excessive force, and by which alone a weight can be hung to a smooth pole.
- Timber-hitch, very useful in hauling to move a weight.
- Single bowline-knot, easy to undo, useful to throw over a post &c., to haul on, used for the draw-loop of a slip noose.
- Double bowline-knot, for slinging a cask.
- Running bowline-knot.
- Woolding or packing-stick hitch, used to tighten ropes.
- Men's harness hitch, passing over the shoulder and under the opposite arm of men drawing a carriage, &c.
- Stopper hitch, for stoppering the fall of a tackle, &c.
- Inside clinch, for fastening a cable to the anchor ring, &c.
- Common or sheet bend, a very secure method of joining two ropes, or fastening a rope to a loop.
- Hawser bend, for joining two ropes, easily undone.
- Cat's paw, the turn in the bight of a rope, for hooking a tackle to it.
- Dragrope or lever-hitch, used for fixing hand-spikes or capstanbars to the ropes attached to heavy carriages, &c., which have to be moved by men.
- Half-hitch, cast on the bight of a rope.
- Carrick bend. A wall-knot is a knot made at the end of a rope to prevent it from passing through a hole.
- The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia of knots first published in 1944 by Clifford Ashley. This is the definitive book on knots with approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to "Marlingspike Seamanship." Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officially), they can be easily found in the big index.
Clifford W. Ashley. The Ashley Book of Knots. Doubleday, New York. ISBN 0-385-04025-3
Links to discussion threads on the CruiserLog Wiki
- Grog's Animated Knots - Click on a knot for animation.(Excellent website)
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