|A "globber." Don't tie this one!|
We see a lot of "knots" like the one at the top right. I call this the "glob knot" because its maker kept threading the rope around and around, in and out of loops, over and under until he either ran out of rope or it was time for supper. This, actually, is a rather small globber. I've seen some nearly the size of muskrat houses.
So, I offer a simple alternative, the steps for tying it are shown in the two lower photos. Each step is called a half-hitch and the completed knot is known simply as Two Half-Hitches.
It takes somewhere between one and two seconds to tie, won't loosen and won't jam together so tightly that you can't untie it, at least not if you take out your boat at least once a week.
Just in case it isn't clear from the two photos how to tie this knot, it goes like this:
1. Pass the free end of the rope (the other end is already permanently tied to the boat) through the top of the ring and out the bottom
2. Pass the free end over the top of the rope and back through the loop you just made
3. Repeat the step on the boat side of the first hitch
If you don't get a finished product that looks like Step 2, you haven't gone over the top of the rope in each step, i.e. you went over the top for the first hitch and under the rope for the second or vice versa.
This knot is so simple, it can actually be tied with one hand. Try that this summer and listen for the gasps of awe from the womenfolk!
And to satisfy the purists, boats don't technically have "ropes" they have "lines."
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