Easy to tie, the bowline (pronounced bow-lin) is probably one
of the most useful of knots that the boat owner can learn. Used
for making a temporary loop in the end of a rope, a bowline
is easy to untie, even after it’s been under considerable load.
Jargon Buster: The “standing part” of a rope or line is the
section that is inactive when tying a knot. The “working end” is,
as you might have guessed, the piece or section of rope that is
moved to make the knot or hitch.
For years, The Ashley Book Of Knots has been the standard work on knots and rope work, a thick tome that contains literally hundreds of knots from the obscure to the downright practical. It’s a fun book to have, to use it to
learn all the brilliant ways mariners have secured their
working boats throughout the ages. Thankfully, today’s
boater can get away by learning just a few, so we whittled
the list down to three that will come in handy almost
anytime you head out.
Practice makes perfect, they say.
Knowing how to tie a few knots is an
essential skill that anyone can learn
By Mark Corke
1. Start by making an overhand
loop, then hold
2. Pass the
up through the
3. Pass the working end around
the back of the
4. Carry the
end in the right
hand, snug up
the knot, which
can vary the
size of the loop
by starting the