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Old 12-04-2007, 04:21 PM
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I need help with Knots!!!

Ever since I've had a boat going on 20 years now...I've been fishing with the same buddy that was a boy scout at knots....he's gotten older and not fishing with me anymore and for the past few years I've been going it alone....I now must admit that...I'm knot impaired...I'm not talking about fishing line....I'm talking about things I thought were simple...like dock lines...and tying bumpers to my boat....I've had some knots that are by all rights functional but improvised and look hideous.....I even laugh at myself......sometimes I wait on others to move on down the dock before I tie them out of embarrassment.....how can I get better at this...where is a resource....are there just a few knots that I can learn that will solve my problems?....
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Old 12-04-2007, 04:30 PM
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This may or may knot help you!

http://www.animatedknots.com/
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Old 12-04-2007, 05:31 PM
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I find that you need not learn many knots at all for boating. In fact, if you just learn the hitch, that will get you by 90% of the time! After that, figure 8, reef knot, and finally bow line.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:57 PM
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Treedog... I have found there are two groups of knots... those you tie at a leisurely pace at the Marina... and those... scrap that... the ONE you can tie at night in a blow with rain in your eyes. I have chosen the Bow Line as my in the dark, rain in my eyes knot... mostly cuz if... strike that when I mess up... It can ALWAYS be undone.

For knots that impress... jeremiah URL is a good one.

Good luck.... Oh... when I purchased my woodie... the surveyor tossed me a line and told me to call him I had learned how to tie a "monkey knot"... I think it is used as a throwing aid (tossing a line to another boat, etc).
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:23 PM
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The animated knots site is a good one.

You should learn the following knots:

1. BOWLINE - very important.
2. Clove hitch - good for temporary docking (at the boat ramp for example) or tying a fender line off to a bow rail
3. two half hitches - better for tying off to a piling. You can also use this knot to "lock" other knots, like the clove hitch.
4. Anchor bend - also known as the fisherman's bend. Can be used for fishing line or attaching a nylon line to an anchor ring.
5. cleat hitch - can't for get this one!

Fazsha - the "monkey knot" is called the "monkey fist". Really it is more decorative than anything else. It was once used to add weight to a heaving line, but it is dangerous to use. You could hurt someone. To heave a line I just coil a line, divide the coils in half then throw the coils.

Now - if you really want to impress people - learn how to tie rope fenders! I want to do this. Rope fenders will look so much cooler than the standard fenders everyone else is using. And then there is the whole pride in craftsmanship thing. Plus nobody else will have any
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:34 PM
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Oh yea you also may want to add:

1. sheet bend - useful for taking two shorter lines and making one longer line.
2. Figure 8 knot - a good stopper knot that will not lock under strain
3. Rolling hitch - may not ever use it but it what the heck. It is easy to tie and if you ever need it it will be cool to bust out with it.

Also - and this is really important - learn to "dip the eye".
http://www.motorboatsmonthly.co.uk/m...p/10500469.htm
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Old 12-05-2007, 02:15 PM
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Lazy_Iguana - 12/4/2007 10:23 PM
Fazsha - the "monkey knot" is called the "monkey fist". Really it is more decorative than anything else. It was once used to add weight to a heaving line, but it is dangerous to use. You could hurt someone. To heave a line I just coil a line, divide the coils in half then throw the coils.
Doesn't work for light line (like smallish polypropylene), especially in high winds. You need some kind of weight on the end. I keep a monkey's fist made around a golf ball for those occasions (a slightly smaller, and softer ball would have been better, but the golf ball was handy.)

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