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  • Training Knots

    Reef Knot

    Reef Knot

    Ref: Knot1






    Use: To join two pieces of rope of equal thickness; ideal for securing items down in the boat.

    Instructions

    Take the two bitter ends.

    Cross them over and tie the first half knot (half hitch).

    Maintain the same rope on top as you cross them over a second time to tie the second half hitch.

    Pull the ends evenly to form a symmetrical Reef Knot.





    Sheet Bend

    Sheet Bend

    Ref: Knot2






    To join two pieces of rope of unequal thickness; ideal for extending mooring or towing lines.

    Instructions

    Form a loop in the thicker rope and hold it in one hand.

    Pass the thinner piece of rope through the loop then round the loop.

    Take care to go round the short end first then round the long end.

    Finally, tuck the smaller rope back under itself to finish the Sheet Bend.

    Can be undone even if it has been under strain





    Clove Hitch

    Clove Hitch

    Ref: Knot3






    Use: Securing fenders to rails

    Instructions

    Pass the line over the bar

    Complete a full turn

    Crossing over the line

    Continue in same direction

    Pass up underneath crossed line





    Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

    Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

    Ref: Knot4






    Use: To secure a rope to a pole, bar or ring.

    Instructions

    Pass the running end of the rope over the object twice.

    Then pass the running end over the standing part of rope,

    Tuck it back up and under itself, forming a half hitch.

    Repeat this for a second half hitch.

    This knot has a redeeming feature - it rarely jams and can be undone even under strain





    Bowline

    Bowline

    Ref: Knot5






    Use: Temporary Eye in end of a line for passing over a bollard

    Instructions

    Some people find the bowline easier learn by saying

    "the rabbit comes out of its hole, round the tree and back down the hole again".