Originally Posted by Giulietta
Talking about bowlines and making them.
let him do the job.
He aproached our boat from the bow and grabed one of the rails with one hand.
I swear that when he removed his hand, (1 or 2 seconds later), he had tied a bowline to my boat !!!!!!! I didn't even understand how he had done it!! I was wondering if it was magic trick!!
My bet is he used the slip not method of tying the bowline. It's quick and does indeed look like magic when you are using a nice supple line.
The trick is tying a slip knot in the working end of the line with a flick of the wrist. You hold the dead end of the line in your right hand, and the working end in your left hand, palm up, with the working end passing by your thumb..
Holding the line loosly, rotate your hand in toward your body forming a bight. Grab the working end with your fingers and pull it through the bight forming a slip knot with the working end being the sliding part.
Then pass the dead end through whatever you are tying to, put it though the loop of the slip knot, give the working end a tug to invert the slip knot, and instant bowline.
Much more impressive than the sailor stagers out of the bar, goes around the tree to take a pee, and goes back into the bar method.
Have fun practicing.