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You can sail through life just by know­ing how to tie these five knots!

Mas­ter these five knots. In most cases, they’re the only ones you’ll ever need. By Travis Lar­son


Use this knot to tie su­per-strong loops that can be eas­ily un­tied. The bowline knot makes a se­cure loop at the end of a rope. And it has many uses; for ex­am­ple, you can use these knots to fas­ten a moor­ing line to a ring or a post.


A fig­ure 8 is ideal when you need a stop knot in a rope. It could be for a se­ries of knots in a climb­ing rope or at the end of a rope to serve as a hand grip. Sailors use it to keep lines from fall­ing through pul­leys on a sail­boat.


These knots are rec­om­mended for join­ing two ropes of un­equal di­am­e­ters. The thicker rope should be the one with the sim­ple loop at the end. It also works for sim­i­lar-size ropes.


The square knot is used when you need to join two sim­i­lar-size ropes to­gether. It’s the eas­i­est way to lengthen a rope. It’s also the go-to knot for se­cur­ing parcels and rolled-up items such as tarps.


Half hitches are for ty­ing boats to piers, tent lines to stakes, and for many other uses.

To watch Travis tie these knots, search for “5 knots to know” at fam­i­ly­handy­man.com

Sim­ple loop

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