One of the factors a lot of people forget about when boating is the knot. What type of knot should you use and when should you use it? The knot is how your boat will stay secure if you pop into a restaurant for lunch or if you’re finished boating for the day. After all, you don’t want your boat to float away while you’ve stopped to grab gas, food, or you need to stop at your car because you forgot the life jackets. A knot is the difference between running down the beach after your boat and calmly loading it up as you put everything you need on the water vessel for the day.

While we’ve gone over boating tips and tricks in many of our past blogs, today’s is going to be all about knots that are common when it comes to boating. Whether you’re a first-time boater or if you’ve gone boating your entire life, learning the different knots will save you from looking foolish running after your boat. If you’d like to become a Freedom Boat Club member, then contact us today.

Five Common Boating Knots And When To Use Them

If you’ve never gone boating before, then you may think that there’s just one knot for everything that you do while on the water. However, that’s not the case. You don’t just make a general knot when you go boating, there are many methods and reasons to know the different types of boating knots. The most important reason to knot is to make sure that your boat is secured to the dock and doesn’t float off. However, primarily knowing the different knots is a safety precaution.

Cleat Hitch

The first knot that we’re going over today is the cleat hitch. The cleat hitch is a knot that every boater should know because it’s so widely utilized. Boaters will generally tie the knot into a cleat hitch because it offers superior strength to help to avoid any accidents while on the water. This secure knot will keep your boat secured to the dock as well as make it easy to untie it. A knot that’s designated to easily be tied and untied will ensure that your boat is safe.

To tie a cleat hitch knot, you’ll want to wrap the line around the base of the cleat once, then bring the line over the top. Once that’s been completed, wrap the line around the opportune side of the cleat and then bring it around the top of it. After that, wrap the line under the first arm to form a figure eight around the cleat. Then you’ll want to form an under hand loop and put it through the first arm you started with. This is what the firm and strong hold is created from. The free end of the rope should be firmly tightened to secure the knot.

Anchor Bend

The next knot we’re going to go over is the anchor bend. The anchor bend is a great knot to learn because it’ll secure the anchor to your boat. This is very important because if you don’t secure the anchor to your boat, then you could be in some trouble or end up in a mishap. The anchor bend is a common knot to learn because it ensures that you don’t go on a boat anchorless.

The anchor bend is a very simple knot to learn as well. You’ll want to make two loops around the shackle of the anchor. Then you’ll want to put the free end behind the fixed line and then bring it through the loops that you did first. Once that’s been completed, you’ll wrap the end of the rope that’s free to the standing line and end the wrap. This is the half hitch. Lastly, you’ll put the free end of the line to the tied backup knot around both sections of the line.

Clove Hitch

Our third knot is the clove hitch. The clove hitch is a knot that every boater should learn because it’s primarily used to dock the boat to the post for a temporary mooring. The knot is easy to tie and untie, which makes it a great option for a binding knot. However, the clove hitch should be completed in caution because it easily can slip if there’s not constant pressure on the line such as with being attached to a boat. It can also easily come undone if the object begins to rotate.

The best way to attach the clove hitch is by wrapping the free end of the line around the post or the object on the dock. Once that’s been completed, you’ll want to cross the line over and wrap the end around the post. The next step is to slip the free end of the line under the final wrap. The last step is the pull the knot tightly on both the free as well as the standing end of the line.

Bowline Knot

The bowline knot is a very useful knot to learn as a boater. It’s a great knot to learn because it will hold firmly and can be untied when you need it to, even if it’s within a moment’s notice. This knot is meant to be put around a boat or a cleat for temporary mooring. Strong and secure, this knot is a great one to learn; however, it shouldn’t be used in life or death situations.

To tie this knot, you’ll want to lay the rope across your left hand with the free end down. Then you’ll bring the free end of the rope to form an eye hole to put it through with the underside of the rope facing up. After, you’ll want to wrap the end of the rope around and back through the eye hole. Lastly, tie the knot by tightening it and putting it through the free end of the rope while holding the fixed end of the line.

Figure Eight Knot

The last knot we’ll go over is the figure eight knot. The figure eight knot is one of the firmest and strongest knots. There’s a non-slip loop at the end of the line, which is what makes it such a strong knot. For the most part, this knot is used for rock climbers, which gives you a good idea of how secure this knot actually is. It’s a secure knot that can hold your boat to the mooring location.

To achieve this knot, you’ll want to tie one figure eight two feet from the end of the rope. Then you’ll want to do it again with the end of the rope to leave a bottom loop at a size that you desired. Lastly, you’ll secure the knot by pulling on all for strands as tight as possible to ensure it’s secure.

These knots will keep you safe, knowledgeable, and ready for a great time while on Lake Lanier. For more information on knots and boating tips, continue reading our blog.