Boating Knots 101 - Bowline
How-To Tie a Bowline Knot
- Lay the line (rope) across your left hand with the free end hanging down. Form a small loop in the line in your hand & leave enough room for the desired loop size.
- Pass the end of the line through the loop from the underside or as if you were making an overhand knot.
- Wrap the line around the standing line and back through the small loop.
- Tighten the knot by pulling on the free end while holding the standing line.
Remember this knot with a saying – the rabbit comes out of the hole (step 2), around the tree and back into the hole (step 3).
The Bowline (pronounced Boh-lin) knot is a boating essential and is used to tie a piece of line securely around an object. It can withstand an immense amount of pressure, but is still very easy to untie.
Some everyday boating examples include: