You should learn six basic knots useful for many kinds of boating

^ The cleating hitch is used when docking. It goes around the cleat in a figure eight and then again with one loop reversed.

^ The bowline, handiest of the knots, is probably the most difficult of the six. It is used when an eye (or loop) is needed. The bowline will not slip or jam and is easy to untie, even after the knot has been under a lot of stress.

^ The sheet bend is good for tying two lines together, especially if they are of different widths or textures.

^ The anchor bend is used to fasten a line to a ring or anchor. It is also called a fisherman's knot. Seize the free end to the standing end for extra security.

^ The clove hitch is simply two loops with an end tucked under. This knot is used to temporarily secure a boat to a piling or similar structure. To secure the boat for longer periods, use two half hitches to lock the clove hitch.

^ The figure eight knot is used mostly as a stopping knot. Place it at the end of a line to keep it from running through a block, jam cleat, or other opening. The figure eight can be used temporarily to keep a line from unraveling.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MARLINESPIKE IS? TO FIND OUT, CONSULT WEBSITE: www.dbw.ca.gov/resourc.htm and click on Marlinspike

FOR KNOT TYING DEMONSTRATIONS, SEE WEBSITES: www.dbw.ca.gov/resourc.htm and click on Knot Tying

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