Sometimes it is enough to miss a simple knot to lose a maneuver. We propose the 4 indispensable marine knots to know to save yourself from any situation.
The winch knot
The capstan knot is the marine knot par excellence. Quick to make and undo, this knot allows you to attach a rope to a fixed bar. In general, it is used to tie a bollard or to hang a defense.
The trick: always turn in the same direction.
Note: the winch knot tends to relax and therefore slip. To maintain it, secure it with a half hitch.
The knot of the chair
The saddle knot is the most commonly used knot. One of its main advantages is that it comes apart very easily, even if there has been a lot of tension or traction. Used mainly for mooring and with sails, it is very practical to join two loose ropes.
The catch: there are several ways to tie this knot and everyone will find their own. One that works for sure: the snake comes out of the well, circles the tree, and returns to the well.
Note: very sturdy, the rope needs to be slack to make and undo. It does not work under voltage.
The cleat knot
The cleat knot, as the name implies, allows a rope to be securely attached to a cleat. It comes apart easily, even after it's been stretched out or wet.
The catch: This knot can be done under tension, in the middle of the rope, and with one hand.
Note: the dead turn to be done at the beginning of the knot is essential to ensure a good grip on the cleat.
The dead spin and two half keys
The dead turn and two half keys is the great basic. It allows you to tie everything without difficulty. Very effective, it can be done under tension. Similarly, undoing it is easy.
The catch: feel free to loosen the first half key to make it easier to untie.
Note: use it in moderation… It is so easy and practical that you will use it for everything.
There is also the figure of eight, the Hercules knot, the grip knot… The four knots mentioned are easy to make and simplify (almost) all the maneuvers. Good navigation!