While there are thousands of knots, a handful are essential to the well prepared sailor. Here are seven to get you started.
|Anchor Hitch||Used to attach a line to an object. Holds well even when tension on line is changing, for instance with an anchor.||Bowline||When in doubt, use a bowline.|
|Clove Hitch||Used to attach a line to an object. Not a highly secure knot, but sufficient to attach fenders to lifelines.|
|Figure Eight||A stopper knot. Used at the end of a line to keep it from sneaking away. Often seen at the end of jib sheets.|
|Rolling Hitch||A versatile hitch that can be adjusted and tied under tension.|
|Sheet Bend||Used to attach two lines together.|
|Reef Knot (Square knot)||Good for reef points and shoes.|