The Bowline


The bowline is an exceptionally versatile knot. It is quick to tie (once you practice), it doesn't slip and it doesn't jam. It can be used to attach jib sheets to the jib's clew. It is a fast way to make a loop, and it can even be used to tie two lines together, though a double sheet hitch is probably preferred.

Step by Step Instructions

The standing part forms "The Tree"

Form a loop (the "Rabbit hole")

Form a second loop

Put the bitter end through the first loop. The rabbit hops out of the hole ...

Goes around the tree ...

And back down the hole

Tighten and you're done

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