Now the only knot I really knew how to tie well was the one you accidentally create in your tennis shoe laces...you know the one that takes a forever to get untied...and usually occurs when you are in a hurry.
Well, the ones we learned last night differ a great deal as they both serve a useful purpose and can be untied easily. Here are the ones we learned that the ASA wants us to know:
- Bowline - Creates temporary loops.
- Figure 8 - Stops lines from pulling thru guides, etc.
- Reef (Square) - Links two lines of identical size and similar characteristics.
- Clove Hitch - Ties to a spar (such as fenders to lifelines).
- Round Turn & 2 Half Hitch - Ties a boat to a dock without cleats.
- Cleat Hitch - Proper way to tie a rope to a cleat.
- Sheet Bend - Links two lines of dissimilar size or characteristics.
- Cow Hitch - Useful for stowing reefing lines (or, I guess cows).
- Prusik - Can apply force to an existing line when you can't access the ends.
- Truckers Hitch - Multiply pulling power (cheap block and tackle).
Here is a site I found that has a bunch of animated knots if anyone is interested: http://www.netknots.com/html/boating_knots.html
Now if I can ever get over this cold, next lessons are on a boat.