Capsized reef knot

Also known as: Lark's head knot, capsized square knot

The reef of a sail is that part which is rolled and tied up by the reef points to reduce the area caught by the wind, and the ease with which a reef knot can be slipped apart made it perfect for reefing sails. When one end of a reef knot is pulled sharply or is subjected to strain, the knot will untie and become unstable. Capsized reef knots have caused accidents and should be used with caution.

The Reef Knot Sailing

The Reef knot is a multipurpose knot which is Symmetrel and made from two interlocked bights. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

Image Reef Knot

The Reef knot is a multipurpose knot which is Symmetrel and made from two interlocked bights. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

Sailing Knots

Usually the reef knot can be broken by pulling sharply on one of the short ends. A cow hitch is

Sailing Knots

Usually the reef knot can be broken by pulling sharply on one of the short ends. A cow hitch is then formed, which can easily slide off the straight length of rope.

Square Reef Knot

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