Learn the Ropes

Rabbit goes in the hole, around the tree and back in the hole… stupid rabbit.

The CPS-ECP Boating Resource

Ropes and lines are an important part of any boat, especially sailboats. They have a multitude of uses and there can never be too many of them on board. Take a moment to learn or refresh your memory on the ins and outs of the following knots.


A length of line is of little use unless it is fastened to something, usually at both ends. One or both ends may be belayed (i.e., fastened) to a cleat or a bollard, but often the fastening is made by means of a knot.


Knots should be easily tied, secure when tied and easily undone when wet and under strain. A boat that has been secured at high tide on a sunny day may have to be untied in a thunderstorm as the tide falls.


Every boater should know the positive and negative features of several different knots, when they…

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