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I've found a couple of eccentric or at least uncommon knots I like:

The Zeppelin Knot: THE FORGOTTEN ZEPPELIN KNOT

The Highwayman's Knot:
Pat's Boating in Canada: Highwayman's Knot

I use a knot I haven't seen before to tie down my frame tarp, but I don't know what it is beyond a version of a slip knot. Secure under tension, but pull on the tail and it unravels.

90% of my knots are a bowline-with-a-bight, but I aim to learn a few more anchoring knots, as I want to practice messenger lines, kellets, etc.
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Well I see why that one was forgotten...

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I've found a couple of eccentric or at least uncommon knots I like:

The Zeppelin Knot: THE FORGOTTEN ZEPPELIN KNOT

The Highwayman's Knot:
Pat's Boating in Canada: Highwayman's Knot

I use a knot I haven't seen before to tie down my frame tarp, but I don't know what it is beyond a version of a slip knot. Secure under tension, but pull on the tail and it unravels.

90% of my knots are a bowline-with-a-bight, but I aim to learn a few more anchoring knots, as I want to practice messenger lines, kellets, etc.
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Guess I was just lucky last time I moored my zeppelin that it didn't get away 'cause it was only tied down with a bowline. First time I was certified for rope rescue work it was with Manila rope and bowlines, hitchs and bends. Last time it was with modern synthetics and the knots were Figure 8 Follow Thru's, water knots and the like, in the dark, cold, and wet I tie the knots learned 40 years ago.
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I would add to the list a Stopper Knot. Way more useful than a figure 8.
And also the Admiralty Hitch. Perfect for tidying up lines on the boat.

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Valiente:

What do use the bowline with a bight for primariy?
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I've found a couple of eccentric or at least uncommon knots I like:

The Zeppelin Knot: THE FORGOTTEN ZEPPELIN KNOT

The Highwayman's Knot:
Pat's Boating in Canada: Highwayman's Knot

I use a knot I haven't seen before to tie down my frame tarp, but I don't know what it is beyond a version of a slip knot. Secure under tension, but pull on the tail and it unravels.

90% of my knots are a bowline-with-a-bight, but I aim to learn a few more anchoring knots, as I want to practice messenger lines, kellets, etc.

Good Lord man! That thing wasn't forgotten, it was thrown out.

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I use buntline hitches regularly. There is one on my mainsail outhaul right now.

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Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
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The most used bit of ropework that many folks don't know is how to properly coil a line. Everyone should know how to coil and secure a line. It is really the knot I use most often, next would be the bowline or figure eight.

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Buntline hitches are great, but they are close to impossible to untie if they've been in for any extended period of time. They're excellent for tying halyards to shackles.

The stopper knot is better than the figure eight, since it is far less likely to be kicked or worked out of the tail end of a line.

Properly coiling and frapping a line is also important... so that they will run free when released and not hockle or kink.

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I had a sailing instructor years ago who could tie a bowline one-handed. He held a piece of line with the bitter end dangling, whipped and flipped it around for a second and sure enough, it came out tied in a bowline.
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