Tag Archives: Knots

Casting, Belaying, Hauling

How to throw a mooring line to the jetty, simply and effectively (and without all the line falling into the water). How to belay to a cleat correctly. How to tension a line to a cleat or attachment point effectively.

Finishing a Coil – Three Variations

This video shows three methods of securing coiled rope –  the sailor’s way, the climber’s way and a simple method to hang the coil quickly with a bight over a pin or hook.

Coiling braided rope

Ever had to fight a tangled coil of braided rope full of kinks? It’s important to coil braided rope correctly so it can run free. Two methods are shown here. They are also suitable for wire, cable or hoses.

Coiling laid rope

Three-strand rope is usually right-laid, it has a Z-lay and must be coiled clockwise. Four-strand rope is left-laid, it has an S-lay and must be coiled counter clockwise. Always apply a little twist with each turn against the lay.

Fast Angler’s Loop

This is the fastest knot to produce an eye that cannot pull tight just like a bowline. The Fast Angler’s Loop, also called Tugboat or Flying Bowline is made with one motion in two seconds – but it takes a little practice. The video also shows the additional turn that makes the Fast Angler’s Loop into the True Angler’s Loop, a traditional alternative to the Bowline and perfect for very slippery rope or bungee cord.


The Sheepshank passes the strain over a damaged part in the middle of a line. It is also good for taking up slack in a rope that is fixed at both ends. The Sheepshank only holds under tension but the video also shows an improved and more reliable version.