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Sounds to me like two round turns, followed by a clove hitch, followed by a double half-hitch?

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I don't just make turns, I place the bitter end under the turn.
It looks more like the Clove Hitch as Jim pointed out.

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Some people substitute their knife for a simple knot, tie it now cut it later, not me, line is way too expensive. At minimum, you should know the bowline family(very fast, strong, can be tied with your eyes closed, and easy to undo) hitch family, figure eight family, bends, square knot, and a quick release stopper. Maybe that guy thought bowlines were simple knots? Not only will your life depend on knowing these knots, Murphy's Law says it will be dark when it happens, so learn how to tie them with your eyes closed!

Tim, if you do your hitches on a bight, you can pull on the bitter end to release. Like you would on a truckman's hitch.

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This is a fun lil game we play while on the boat, watching TV or when when bored at work during breaks etc.
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a knotboard is also a nice decorative knot reference item to have mounted on a bulkhead instead of a picture.
We all know what type of pictures you have mounted on your bulkheads.

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Tim, if you do your hitches on a bight, you can pull on the bitter end to release. Like you would on a truckman's hitch.
"Jim," maybe? "Trucker's Hitch" is what I found. Looks like a (much) more secure version of a Slipped Hitch. I just use slipped hitches for quickie hook-ups that will be taken-down shortly. As in: Real shortly--either because I won't need it anymore or because I'm going to replace it w/something more permanent/secure.

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Double edit, I just remembered that you probably already know that.
Maybe. Depends on to whom you're addressing this

Another knot I use (actually a variation): I think of it as a "slipped reef knot." (Maybe it has a real name?) It's a reef knot where you bring a bight back up through the loop, rather than the bitter end. Our boat's PO showed me that one, as a handy way to tie up the flaked mainsail such that you can release the ties quickly.

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So if a bowline is the only knot you'll need...OK, let's make this a bar bet. Someone please show me how to tie my shoes with a bowline. And tie 'em snug.

Come on, there's GOT to be a way....


Jim, I don't know about a slipped reef knot, but I always use slipped square knots in sail ties. That way I can walk down the boom and yank-yank-yank the ties are off and the sail can go up. Handy for a lot of things. (But they don't hold well enough or tie snug enough for my shoelaces.)
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Back to the OP's words "just knowing a simple knot" - there is some truth to that. Most knots are simple by themselves if you know the knot well, and there are several candidates for a good knot to know if you know nothing else that will see you through most situations you encounter. Optimal? Hell no. Passable? By a wide margin. I need more skill in this area but I can tie knots that will hold and be untied easily in nearly all situations and I really don't know very many knots (use one probably 80% of the time and another about 15%).
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