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Adding a half hitch to the tail of many knots will make them a good deal more secure.
Indeed. My wife showed me how her family used to tie up the family yacht to pilings: A clove hitch with a half hitch atop it. I've got a short piece of plastice pipe I'm using for practice. The clove hitch alone isn't very secure on that. (It's slippery.) But adding that half hitch makes it quite secure.

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Thanks.

This does not surprise me. As is oft-related here: 90% of recreational "sailors" don't take sailing very seriously. To me: Learning how to do something, and do it well (hopefully - I'm kind of clutzy), is a good portion of the attraction.

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What a terrific knot! I love that knot . Thanks! (Am I turning into a knot knut?) It has been added to the list.

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I'll add my appreciation for the Zeppelin knot... never heard of it, and I love it!

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Re: Knots

Alpine Butterfly is a fun knot. And what a cool name...

Klemheist and/or Prusik are useful to know.

I also like the Halyard Hitch. I leave a small bit of a tail on it.

One-Handed Bowline will impress the most important person...you...

Bunting Hitch is an option to Two 1/2 Hitches. More neat, imo.

Surgeon Knot is an option on your Reef Knot.

Knots can be like crack for old farts...
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I've been practicing tying them in a bunch of different ways (working end coming left, right, up and down; inside loop with the standing end on top and underneith; normal [working end in the loop] and "left-handed" [working end outside the loop]); thru rings, around a small post, and in free air. I'll have try your suggestions.

I was embarrassed on departing for a race a few weeks ago when I couldn't tie a bowline. That ain't gonna happen again .

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Been there done that ....you really remind me of me....I can't tell you how many hours I spent practicing most if not all the knots in your list. I’ve taught folks how to tie a bowline three different ways. But, just last weekend I was a friends boat and he bought some really cheap long line, and for the life of with the way I sitting and what I was trying to. I could not tie a bowline the “around the tree and through the hole way” thank goodness I has second method to fall back on…..

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The rabbit jumps out of the hole, runs around the tree and jumps back in.

Make sure the 'tree' is behind the hole...
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Re: Knots

I feel that if you can only tie one knot make it the bowline.
I was taught that you should be able to tie a bowline behind your back and in a hurry.
(I can and do use a few other knots but most of the time a bowline would do the trick - and don't forget duct tape (Red Green) and velcro.
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