An invaluable skill is knowing knots around your vessel and identifying which situations each are best used in. Below are some of the more common knots used in boating, and the basic how-to of tying each.
The most common way to properly tie a line to a cleat on your boat or a dock, this hitch is vital to know as a boatowner.
A hitch that is simple to do and undo. Be noted that the knot can come undone if pressure is not kept on the line, or if the pole the knot is attached to rotates. The Clove Hitch is commonly used to secure fenders to boat railings.
This knot forms a loop at the end of a line that is easy to tie and untie. The loop created can be large or small and is tough and fixed. Since it is so easy to tie and untie, it should not be used in a life-threatening or otherwise critical scenario.
Also known as the Figure Eight Bend, the Flemish Bend is one of the simplest ways to safely and quickly join two lines. The idea is to create a figure eight loop through one line and have the second line follow the loops and bends of the first.