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In this video the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at two well-known and extremely important knots: one of which serves to join two lines, and one of which most definitely NOT (although many people do in fact use it for this purpose).


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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: the Bowline

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

Whatever would the sailing world do without that most perfect of knots, the trusty bowline? In this video, the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin shows not one, not two but THREE different ways to tie this knot


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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots: Linesman Loop

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at a lesser-known but extremely effective knot known as the linesman loop, which can be especially useful when lashing, say, an inflatable dinghy on deck.


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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: Stopper Knots

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

There’s more than one way to stop a line from running through a block, clutch or fairlead, including the figure-eight knot and the double overhand—both of which, according to the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin, have their advantages and disadvantages. 

 

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When I bought my aft-cockpit ketch, Silverheels, she had no bimini top at all. While I attended to other upgrades in preparation for tropical cruising, I pondered how I might have full-time shade in the cockpit and still get at the mizzen sail to furl and reef it.


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