A vacation sailing on the warm waters of the Pacific or the Indian Ocean is a dream that everyone can now afford. Such private cruises, often in small groups, have everything to seduce sea lovers and scenic paradise. Some basic navigational concepts and main boating knots are interesting to learn before leaving. Although there is a skipper on board and that you are not in charge of the boat, it can be useful to get some information before the trip.
Going on vacation on a sailboat, is it within everyone’s reach?
Yes, whatever the level of the participants in sailing is, it is possible to find a suitable formula! For those who have never sailed before, we recommend you to choose a short crossing, over two or three days only, to see if sailing suits you.
For travelers who don’t know how to handle a boat, don’t panic! Skippers can take care of this. It is recommended, even if you have already sail before, as these experienced people know the particularities of sailing in the area. By staying at their side, you will participate and learn a multitude of things.
Why is it necessary to know how to tie boating knots when sailing?
If you set off alone on a sailing boat, it is a must! If you are joining a crew to take part in a crossing, it is preferable, so you can lend a hand to the skipper. Tying boat knots are not difficult to learn, you have to repeat them several times and understand the purpose of each one.
What are the main boating knots?
Each boating knot has a specific function. Here are the most commonly used ones and their usefulness.
The figure-eight knot is certainly the most famous of the boating knots, as it is used in other disciplines, such as climbing for example. This knot is placed at the end of a rope to create a stop. It is both very solid because if the knot slides it does not come undone, and simple to undo if you wish.
The bowline knot is also widely used, it allows you to create a loop with the rope and ensure that this loop stays in place. When the rope is tight, the bowline cannot be undone, it will have to be released to remove the bowline. It is used for example when mooring the boat.
The reef knot is used to connect two ropes, but for it to be effective the diameter of the ropes must be the same. Being difficult to untie, it is used less frequently.
The clove hitch is very useful for fastening a taut rope to a fixed point. This boating knot is very strong and does not come undone if the rope remains taut, so it should be used with care.
The anchor hitch is a special mooring knot that will be used to connect a rope to a ring or bar. Once made, it will not slip. Note that this knot will be very difficult to untie!
The monkey’s fist is a common knot… In decoration! This little ball of rope is certainly aesthetic, but it is also used to weigh down a mooring line which can then be thrown away more easily once ballasted.