- Nov 30, 2004
Okay, that was just a gut reaction from the soul of my being. I got sailing merit badge. We spent more time learning the stupid knots than we did sailing. The actual boats had clips, no knots needed.
Knowing knots is great though. I keep ~100' of line in my Jeep, and I'm ready for anything. When other people are standing there scratching their heads because they forgot their cam-lock straps, I'm tied down, and ready to go. There's also a lot of cool decorative stuff you can do, but I don't remember them off hand. I have to look in a book for that. It's a good cheap way to pass the time.
Here's two knots/knot systems that'll make everyone's life easier. Knowing these two only is all you NEED for life. You could hack the rest together on an as-need basis...
Truckers cinch - Takes the place of stupid ratchet straps. If you notice the underlying principle, you can extend it with Z-drags and such, for pulling very heavy loads. Every additional set you add will double the mechanical pull(minus friction and other variables), but halve the distance you can pull.
Sheet bend(double sheet bend shown) - Use to join different sized rope, with reduced reduction in strength. The double sheet bend is more secure if something will move a lot, especially if tension isn't on it. It also works great for shoelaces, and pretty much any other need for joining rope. Remove one of the wraps for a single sheet bend.