Even if you don’t work on deck, it’s useful for all crew members to know the basics of tying common knots. At some point in your yachting career, you’ll be asked to help out on deck during docking and you’ll want to brush up on some knot knowledge. Not only is it a wonderful addition to any CV, it’s a practical skill you will use quite often working on a yacht. Here are the top 5 knots you should know how to tie:

1. Bowline

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The bowline is, perhaps, the most common of all. It is a non-slip knot; you can even use two of them to connect two lines. It’s often used during docking, especially if you need to tie a line to a piling.

2. Cleat Hitch

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This knot is used for docking the vessel when in the marina. As you become more advanced, there are different knots that can be used for this. However, this is perhaps the most common.

Figure Eight

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This knot is used as a stop at the end of a line to prevent slipping and losing a line. Although there are various kinds of stopper knots, this is the most common. Common uses on the yacht is when you’re attaching fenders via a fender hook, and it’s recommended to use the figure 8 stopper knot on the loose end to prevent accidentally losing the fender.

The Sheet Bend

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This is a square knot used to join two different lines together. It can also be used to lengthen most lines. Not only is it secure, but it’s one of the easier ones to untie.

The Clove Hitch

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This knot is commonly used to tie fenders to a railing, and can be adjusted quickly and moved during docking. Although the knot is strong enough to secure a fender, be warned that under extremely heavy loads it can come loose, so use caution.

What knots do you use the most on board?

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