A Nautical Knot Night

Northwest Women in Boating is committed to educating women on the road to becoming safer and better boaters…and having fun along the way.

Some folks out there may think that knot tying is a frivolous craft but we boaters know it’s not! Being able to tie the most effective knot swiftly and confidently can be boat saving, even life saving.

Vivian continues to study knots and their uses. She has uncovered an interesting knot conundrum: many boaters may be able to call up from the depths of their right brains how to tie a bowline, while their left brain mumbles something about rabbits and holes, but, can they attach that bowline to something making it a useable knot? And, how many boaters in a crisis could connect two lines with a knot that could be counted on to hold securely?  This meeting will revisit knot tying with a focus on usability, doing something practical with those knots that are tied. We’ll head outside on the balcony again, where we had that memorable evening practicing our dry land man overboard. We’ll learn some useful knots (see below), and we’ll to tie those knots around something and to something, as you would have to on a boat.

Mentors Needed                                                                                                                              And Please, We Need Knot Mentors Some of you sailors may be more adept at knots than your power boating friends or some of you may just love knots. We really encourage any of you who are good at knot learning and tying to come and help mentor the more knot challenged. Lines for tying will be provided. If you have a line from your boat you’d like to bring, put a piece of tape on it with your name for easy recovery if you get separated from it.

These are the knots we are going to focus on this time. If you have other knots you value and would like to share, please let us know.

Bowline Yep – BUT, we are going to figure out how to actually use it.

Clove Hitch – for attaching fenders

Half Hitch – to keep clove hitch from slipping

Figure Eight – stopper knot keeps lines from getting away from you

Square Knot – tying 2 lines of equal dimension together

AND a bonus knot

Truckers Hitch – tie your kayak/paddle board to your rack on your car or boat

(Side note: Vivian left out another knot she’s been studying called an Alpine Butterfly that allows you to take the slack out of a line. Too bad because you could really raise some eyebrows at the breakfast table or around the water cooler casually mentioning that you spent the evening practicing the Trucker’s Hitch and The Alpine Butterfly (OK, did it only occur to Marilyn that those two sounded a bit like fancy sexual maneuvers?)

Another BONUS, if you attend, Vivian will be handing out her instructions once again for the simple construction of a Monkey’s Fist Knot. Perfect for nautical zipper pulls, Christmas ornaments and of course its practical use as a throw on the end of a line.

Most of meeting will be in the courtyard so maybe leave purses in your car trunks so you won’t have to worry about where they are, etc. For more information about time, location, etc. click on the August 20th Meeting link on the menu bar.

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1 Response to A Nautical Knot Night

  1. Dana Greyson says:

    Dang! Wish I could be there for that. I’m working to overcome my know dyslexia which I consider knot funny!

    We’re getting ready to leave for 5 years of cruising. We’re saying our goodbyes to friends and family in various places, whittling down our stuff to 6 commercial airline bags total for two, and finalizing our financial arrangements. We fly to St. Lucia, where our Pearson 365 ketch awaits in September.

    I’m blogging about it at http://www.GalleyWenchTales.com & have a GalleyWenchTales Facebook page as well. It’s a little behind currently, but am catching up. We spent 3 weeks sailing in Desolation Sound and 8 days crewing a restored 85′ schooner from Roche Harbor to Santa Barbara.

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