Over Hill Sailing Club
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Re: Bowline Success
It is probably unnecessary to learn every exotic, specific-purpose knot. There are, however, more than just a few that sailors should know because they do have specific uses on sailboats. Bare minimum: Bowline, Square, Halyard, Fisherman's, Cleat hitch, Braided, 12 strand and 3 strand splicing, Hitches on a piling, Truckers hitch, fig 8. I mean geez, if you're going to go sailing there ARE some skills involved. Some things require a little EFFORT. I don't think it's necessary to know how to tie a sheepshank, for instance because it's rarely useful and not really connected to any safety use. Just being familiar with the characteristics of different knots tells you what they can and can't do. If you never learn those characteristics, you'll never know the reason to use one knot and not the other. The Bowline topic is a perfect example. Great knots.....but NOT for everything. You need to be able to say, "I need this knot because....."
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