jupiter1124 Posted September 29, 2022 Report Share Posted September 29, 2022 I only know four knots by heart, which is fewer than the number of years I've been boating. I have a book of knots but there are too many to learn by heart, and I don't have experience of the right situations to call for them. So I have these four go-tos: * canalmans hitch for temporary moorings to bollards, especially in locks as it can be loosened under load. * round turn and two half hitches for mooring up (back to the hard points on my boat) and tying other semi-permanent knots, like affixing my anchor. it's a bit harder for scrotes to undo and you can add as many half hitches as you have rope. * for temporary mooring with the centre line back to the boat, a quick release hitch that I don't know the name of - tied by passing a loop of rope around a pole 3 times, then making another loop in the dangling end of the rope which you pass through the third loop. Can be untied by just pulling on the dangling rope. You can even pass the loop through a mooring ring, meaning the whole thing can be untied with one pull. * Reef knot I use as a bend, e.g. if I need to pass up my too-short centrelines to a lockie. I probably should learn a stronger yet easy to untie bend. I'm sure you'll agree, this is a sad state of affairs, and I should be ashamed to call myself a boater. If I was to learn just one or two more knots, what would you suggest? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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