The art of knot-tying has been practiced for thousands of years and continues to be an important skillset amongst sailors. Scroll down to discover ten common sailing knots, along with simple video instructions so you can become a master knottologist in no time!


Bowlines are used to create a fixed loop at the end of a rope.

Stopper Knot

Stopper knots are used to prevent lines from slipping through narrow holes.

Clove Hitch

Clove hitch knots are used to secure a line to a post.

Sheet Bend

A sheet bend is used to unite two ropes of different sizes.

Round-Turn and Two Half-Hitches

This knot is used to secure the end of a line to a fixed object.

Rolling Hitch

The rolling hitch is used to attach a line to another line or post.

Cleat Hitch

A cleat hitch is used to ensure a safe and secure mooring line.

Reef Knot/Square Knot

A reef knot (square knot) is used for joining two ends of a single line to bind around an object.

Figure-Eight Knot

The figure-eight is a general-purpose stopper knot.

Double Fisherman's Knot

The double fisherman's knot is used to joining thin, stiff or slippery lines and for backing up critical knots such as the figure-eight.

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