A Brief Guide on Tying Knots at Sea


July, 2017


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Tying Knots is one of the most important skills to have at Sea

Being out at sea requires skills and expertise in many fields. Securing a line by tying knots is one of the most important skills in a sailors repertoire. So how do we do that? First, we need to define the difference between hitches and knots,

Difference between Hitches and Knots

A knot is a term for creating a junction using a line, commonly a rope. However, there are two main kinds of knots that you will be tying on a shipping vessel. A Hitch and a Bend.

Hitch – A Hitch is a knot using one line to an object.

Bends – A Bend is using two lines together.


This is the most important knot you can learn as a sailor. If you cannot do a bowline, they will throw you overboard. The double bowline is a way of making the bowline even stronger.

Reef Knot

The reef knot is a good knot, but it is more prone to coming undone over any other knot here. These are good for knots that only need a temporary hold before fitting again.

Eight Knot

This is one of the most reliable stopper knots that help keep these stay in place because it will almost never come undone.

Highway Hitch

The Highway hitch is strong and great for casting off quickly. It is strong, but all it takes is the pull of one string to separate.

Rolling Hitch

These ties line and are great when making winches. These are good for organizing multiple lines.

Cleat Hitch

This is one of my most favorite knots. IT’s great for mooring and keeping the line in tact.

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