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Learning the Bowline Knot

Not all of us are comfortable with the idea of tying knots. They look so complicated; it does not make us want to try. But there are some things in life learning which never goes waste. At some point or other in life we are sure to use it and be benefited from it. Knots in no way can be considered to be such grave a topic that qualifies as an important lesson in life but nonetheless it is going to come handy one way or other. Moreover there is no harm in knowing a little more than we already do! Here we will learn how to tie a bowline knot in simple steps.

Bowline knot is one of those knots which has been tried and tested through centuries. The knot is strong and secure along with being easy to untie later on. This bow should not be trusted in life and death situations but are pretty useful when going camping or climbing. However this knot is one of the most commonly used in sailing small crafts. This knot also comes handy when rescuing people. It can also be tied with one hand, in case if you are injured. In fact the Federal Aviation Administration has recommended the bowline knot to tie down a light aircraft. Often referred to as the ‘King of Knots', this knot is one of the four maritime knots.

1. Let us now learn to tie the bowline knot in simple easy steps. We begin by forming a loop, by crossing the line over itself.

2. Now take out the long end of the rope through the loop.

3. We need to now pass the short end of the rope behind the long end to form a loop, inserting the short end into that loop.  

4. Pulling both the ends in opposite directions will tighten the knot. Our bowline knot is ready. This knot is said to retain 60% of the strength of the line in which it is tied.

Most people however remember the knot tying steps by saying "the rabbit comes out of its hole, round the tree and back down the hole again."  There is another way o remember it: "Lay the bight to make a hole, then under the back and around the pole, over the top and through the eye, clinch it tight and let it lie."

This knot is easy to tie and it does not slip and also does not jam. It is often used to attach jib sheets to the jib's clew. This knot may just look easy but you should practice and practice so that you can tie it without looking for any help in between. You never know what kind of a situation you might be in; it would not hurt to just learn this knot, just in case.

The entire episode of learning this knot is also so much fun! You can go on the internet and there are numerous websites which shows in animation how to tie a knot. You can visit, go to the ‘knots' section and there you have it- a wide collection of all different types of animated knots including boating, camping, climbing, household, decorative, bait and rigging, fly fishing and other fishing knots.   

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About the Author

Allan Simons is an avid fisherman from Australia. When he is not fishing, he pens down various articles on fishing, fishing knots, tips and techniques. Allan believes this way he can help people who share the same love and passion for the sport.