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Untangling Knot Theory
If asked what the strongest knot is, the bowline or square knot might come to mind. Well MIT mathematicians used spaghetti, color-changing rope, and math to find out once and for all which knots are the strongest.
Choosing the Right Rope
Like many other boating products, rope is not a static commodity, but is still evolving and improving. When you buy, read the latest product information. Most boaters will use either one form or another of nylon and perhaps also polypropylene.
How To Splice Double Braid Line
Mooring warps, halyards, sheets, and plenty of other lines aboard all use double braid. Avoid weak knots by learning how to add an eye splice yourself.
This is the best way to finish the end of a line that's going to be subjected to wear. Here's how to do it.
How To Tie A Rolling Hitch
The rolling hitch is intended for use when the line is parallel to the load.
How to Splice Three-Strand Rope
Boaters have been splicing ropes for hundreds of years and splicing rope is a useful skill. We show you how to master the art in a few easy steps.
Knot Too Shabby
Three essential knots every boater should learn; the bowline, fisherman's hitch and sheet bend.
Tying Up at the Dock
Leaving your boat in a slip doesn't have to leave your brain tied in knots — here's advice on how to properly tie cleat hitches.
Boat Knots: Gripping Hitches
Gripping hitches transfer tension from one line to another. Learning one might save your boat someday. It will certainly save your back!