Know-How

SAIL’s Essential Sailing Knots Video Series

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015
This past summer, SAIL magazine paid a visit to the Boston Sailing Center in Boston’s North End to get the low-down on the knots, bends and hitches that every sailor should know.

SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: Rolling Hitch

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015
The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at the construction and uses of that saltiest of knots, the rolling hitch. In particular, Francois explains how this knot can be used to help untangle even the worst winch override. 

SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: Coil a Line

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015
Take good care of your lines, and your lines will take good care of you. In this video, the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin shows the correct and easiest way to coil a line so it will be ready to run when needed. 
The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin take a look at the clove hitch, the two different ways it can be tied and its many uses. These include securing a coil to a lifeline, or attaching a mooring line to a bollard or piling.   
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).

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

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. Return to All Knots

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.   
Every once in a while you hear about a boat stored ashore that leaked enough rainwater to fill the bilge and flood the cabin. What a mess! And even a little water in the bilge, if it freezes, can cause damage.
Leaking portlights are a common sight on older sailboats, and they aren’t uncommon on newer ones. Often the owner does not notice small leaks, but over time they get worse and worse until they cannot be ignored.
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