Boating Knots You Need to Know: The Bowline Knot

How are you on knots?
Not Knots but Knots! Well i suppose we can cover both really

1. Knots is a measure of speed first employed in the 17th century by sailors. The method was to throw overboard a wooden disc called a chip log which was attached to a long rope with knots tied at 47ft increments. The number of knots counted in a 30 second interval would give you your speed in knots. And it is the first time that longitudinal progress could be measured without the need for stars.

One knot is equivalent to 1.15mph or 1.85kmh

2. Proper knots, how are you on your knots? We have a great little video series on how to tie the most useful ones, along with my favourite secret knot which you may not have seen before.

Knot #1. The bowline knot (/ˈblɪn/ or /ˈbln/) is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. The bowline is sometimes referred to as King of the knots because of its importance. Along with the sheet bend and the clove hitch, the bowline is often considered one of the most essential knots.

Take a look below as i explained on how to tie the bowline knot. I will post the next one next week so keep tuned! And whilst you’re there please subscribe to our youtube channel.

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