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How to Tie a Spilled Hitch Bowline

Tying a Bowline using the Spilled Hitch method is a quick and easy, but not a well know way to tie a Bowline. The Spilled Hitch Bowline can be used to quickly tie a Bowline around an object or through the … Continue reading

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Three Stopper Knots

Here are three different stopper knots for use on your sailboat. The Figure Eight Stopper Knot is probably the most popular Stopper Knot in use, named as it looks like a Figure 8, it’s in every sailing book. The Figure … Continue reading

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Washing Your Sheets, Halyards and Lines

Washing the lines and halyard that have been exposed to the elements over the winter is one of my spring rites of getting the boat ready for another sailing season. Washing lines can make them easier to handle, extend their … Continue reading

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How to Tie Your Boat to a Dock that has a Bull Rail – Part 2

This is a quick and easy way to tie a boat to a dock that has a Bull Rail.  This was passed on last week by a friend. Some docks only have a Bull Rail so being able to properly … Continue reading

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How to Tie Your Boat to a Dock that has a Bull Rail – Part 1

Tying a boat to  the Bull Rail on a dock is a commonly required docking skill that is often done the hard way.   Many docks don’t have cleats,  the cleats are not in a convenient location or a cleat might … Continue reading

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Marking Your Halyards

Many people put adjusting marks on  their halyards or other control lines to help with sail trim by making it quick and easy to repeat settings they have found to work with  given conditions in the past.    A big black … Continue reading

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How to tie a Bowline with your left hand – Updated

Tying a Bowline is an essential boating skill  but one that seems to stump many boaters, then when you add being left handed to the mix things can get really confusing so I made this guide to help left handed … Continue reading

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Improved Fender Whip–Part 1

This is an improved Fender Whip that holds knots much better than a standard Fender Whip and is much easier to handle than standard double braid or three strand line.  I got this trick from the Chief on a Coast … Continue reading

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