Tips and Techniques

Sail Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots the Bowline

Essential Sailing Knot: the Bowline

Essential Sailing Knot: the Bowline 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, so that you will be able to tie it with ease, no matter…more

Sail Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots Square Knot and Sheet Bend

Essential Knots: Square Knot and Sheet Bend

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 Knots How to Tie a Clove Hitch

Sailing Knot: How to Tie a Clove Hitch

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.  

Sail Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots Coil a Line

Essential Sailing Knot: Coil a Line

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.  

Sail Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots Rolling Hitch

Essential Sailing Knot: Rolling Hitch

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.

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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing, Knots- How to Tie a Cleat Hitch

Sailing Knots: How to Tie a Cleat Hitch

Don’t be fooled, there is most definitely and right and wrong way to secure a line to a cleat, and leave it to the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin to know the difference between the two!

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Essential Sailing Knot: Stopper Knots—video