These eight knots will cover 99% of your marine knot needs.
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- Alpine Butterfly (animation)
Strong and secure, will not shake out, will not jam, better than bowline. Use Method #4 (video) instead of Bowline.
- Bowline (animation)
Strong, easy to tie, but can shake out if not locked.
- Buntline Hitch (animation)
Great knot for halyards, securing fenders to lifelines, etc, but can jam.
- Cleat Hitch
Use for securing ropes to cleats.
- Figure Eight Knot (animation)
Good stopper knot, can be adapted for other purposes.
- Gripping Sailor's Hitch
Great for securing one rope to another rope under load.
- Slipped Half Hitch
Quick-release knot for sail ties and bags, not secure. Also useful as temporary stopper knot; e.g., for spinnaker sheet at a block (animation).
- Square (Reef) Knot (animation)
Famously used for tying reef points in sails.
Two Alpine Butterflys tied together or two bowlines tied to each other (Bowline Bend) are better alternatives, or for ropes of roughly similar thickness the Alpine Butterfly Bend.
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