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 Eight can also be tied slippery as a temporary stopper knot to help keep lines from dragging in the water.
The Double Figure Eight Stopper Knot looks like the Ashley knot #522 – which he calls a Stevedore Knot (use this in slippery lines when a high load is expected). The last Stopper Knot is my favorite Stopper Knot, I learned it from an instructor at the J World San Diego Sailing School when I was first stating to sail.
Figure Eight Stopper Knot
The Figure Eight Stopper Knot is probably the most used stopper knot and seems to be taught in every sailing class and shows up in every book on sailing or sailing knots, so I decided to get on the everyone has this knot bandwagon. But there are two more for you to also choose from.
Double Figure Eight Stopper Knot or Stevedore Knot
The Double Figure Eight Stopper Knot is identified as a Stevedore Knot #522 by Ashly in The Ashley Book of Knots.
The Double Figure Eight Stopper Knot or the Stevedore Knot should be used with slippery lines like Dyneema SK-75 (Amsteel, Spectra, etc.) as this knot is more secure requiring a much higher load to slip than more common stopper knots.
Another Stopper Knot
I learned this stopper knot from an instructor at the J World Sailing School in San Diego and is the knot that I use the most. I have not found the name for this stopper knot yet, feel free to leave possible matches in the comments.
Wrap the line twice around your hand, then thread the bitter end up around the standing part of the line and feed the bitter end along the palm of your hand and through the center of the of the two wraps around your hand.
You now have three different stopper knots to choose from.
Other Useful Boating Knots
Spar Hitch – Fender Knot : The Spar Hitch is a great knot for tying fenders to a lifeline. It is very secure and will hold around small and slick objects.
Lee’s Fender Knot : Another secure and easy to tie knot with several uses.
How to tie a line to a cleat : Several tips on how to tie a line to a cleat.
How to Tie Your Boat to a Dock that has a Bull Rail – Part 1 : How to safely tie your boat to a Bull Rail, some common errors are pointed out with solutions to the errors.
Thanks for your interest in and support of boating safety and boating skills.
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