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How To : Tie the basic knot design of a cargo net

In this video, we learn how to tie the basic knot design of a cargo net. First, tie a double overhand knot on a rope bent into two. After this, make cow hitching on the first loop that you created. Next, make a second double overhand knot followed by cow hitching the second lo ...more

How To : Tie the trucker's hitch knot for boating

Learn how to tie the trucker's hitch knot. The trucker's hitch knot is one of those boating knots that once you learn it, you wonder how you ever got along without it! Use this knot to cinch down a load on you car top, boat, horseback, you name it. This combination of knots al ...more

How To : Tie the slip knot for boating

This version of the slip knot is basically a uni knot tied with rope and with just one or two wraps around the double line. It does the trick and is easy to tie. Watch the demonstration diagram & follow these steps. How to tie the slip knot for boating: 1.Run line through o ...more

How To : Tie a Constrictor Hitch knot

Learn how to tie a Constrictor Hitch - a great knot for tying a binding or bundle. It holds incredibly tightly and can be slipped for easy untying. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, general outdoors and even bondage.

How To : Tie a cleat hitch for boating

Check out this instructional boating video that demonstrates how to tie a cleat hitch for boating. This is a type of hitch used to tie a line to a cleat. All you have to do is make one full turn then a figure 8 with the last turn reversed and you've got your cleat hitch tied. ...more

How To : Tie a great sailor's chain (sea chain) knot

Have a lot of left over rope that you don't need? Looking for an easier way to store your extension cables and the like without getting them all tangled up? Then learn how to make a sailor's chain! This great video shows you the basic steps that you'll take to creating an endl ...more

How To : Tie a clove hitch

What happens when you arrive at a dock and can't find a cleat to tie your boat onto? Matt and Ann of BoatUS demonstrate how to tie your boat to a piling using a clove hitch. Know your knots by learning how to tie a clove hitch with this instructional knot tying video.

How To : Tie an Anchor Hitch / Bucket Hitch knot

Learn how to tie an Anchor Hitch (also known as a Bucket Hitch) - A very secure means of attaching a rope to an anchor or any other object that you can't afford to loose (like a bucket down a well, I suppose - thus the alternate name). I actually do use this hitch for temporar ...more

How To : Tie the Handcuff knot

Learn how to tie a Handcuff Knot. This is a handy knot for those times when an emergency set of handcuffs are needed :) Firefighters also use this knot, coupled with a half hitch over each loop, as a man harness. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping ...more

How To : Make a canopy for your boat

You can make your own canopy for your boat and save hundreds of dollars from the store bought ones. You’ll need 1 inch pvc pipe, some nuts and bolts and you‘re set. You’ll set you’re canopy off of some swivel brackets that secure on the pvc pipe with 2 inch screws. This video ...more

How To : Properly tie a strong nonbinding bowline knot

If you need a sturdy, super strong knot, but you want be able to reuse the rope, then the bowline knot is what you want. The bowline knot is one of the strongest knots available. It's a nonbinding knot which makes a nonslipping and nonjamming loop at the end of the rope. This ...more

How To : Tie a Tom Fool's Knot

Learn how to tie a Tom Fool's knot - this knot is a basis for a number of decorative and functional knots. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To : Install a switch panel on a boat

When you have so much technology on one small boat, things are bound to get confusing. That's why having a big enough switch panel is a great way to keep track of all the different switches that your boat has. In this tutorial, you'll find out the steps needed to insatll a swi ...more

How To : Tie the mooring hitch knot for boating

The mooring hitch knot for boating is a more secure knot than the better known (and easier to tie) slippery hitch boating knot. The mooring hitch knot holds fast while under tension yet can be released quickly with a tug on the free end. Despite it's name, this is a temporary ...more

How To : Tie a Heaving Line knot / Franciscan Monks' knot

Learn how to tie a Heaving Line or Franciscan Monk's Knot - a practical and decorative knot used to add weight to the end of a heaving line, or to finish a Monk's belt rope ends. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

How To : Tie a Klemheist Hitch knot

Learn how to tie a Klemheist Hitch - This is a gripping knot made using a loop of small diameter rope applied to the main line or object. It greatly resists slipping when the pull is parallel to the main line. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, general outdoors and even ...more

How To : Tie a bowline knot

Some of the towers demonstrate how they tie knots at this year's conference. In this instructional tying video, Bill Walsh ties a bowline knot. Practice and improve your knot tying skills by watching this tutorial and learn how to tie a bowline knot like an expert.

How To : Tie a Blood Knot

Learn how to tie a Blood Knot - Used in sailing as a somewhat decorative stopper knot or on the business end of a Cat 'O Nine Tails (hence the Blood Knot's name). This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To : Properly tie and anchor your boat

This video is some real basic stuff about boat tying and anchoring. Watch to see the right way to tie and anchor your boat. A pre-made dock line will be needed, secured to the cleat and then to the dock. You can also use this line to tie the anchor.

How To : Tie a Rolling Hitch knot

Learn how to tie a Rolling Hitch - a useful knot for attaching a rope to a railing, post, or another rope where the pull is along the length of the fixed object. It isn't as good at resisting slipping as an Icicle Hitch, but it is a good deal quicker to tie. This is a good kno ...more

How To : Winterizing your boat engine block

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to winterizing your boat engine block. For this you will need some screwdrivers, compressed air and a flexible hose if you have a hot water heater system on the boat. First you got to drain out all the water inside t ...more

How To : Tie a Jury Knot

This will show you how to tie a Jury Knot. Used at the mast head to "jury rig" a sailboat. The mast goes into the center of the knot, stays are run from the three loops and the two standing ends are run to the deck as a back stay. As tension is applies to the stays, the knot g ...more

How To : Tie an Alpine Coil knot

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie an Alpine Coil knot. When you start your coil you want the starting end to be inside your hand. First, take the working end of your rope on your last coil and make a loop in your rope. Then, wrap a couple of turns around the rope and lock ...more

How To : Tie a Bowline Knot for boaters

The boaters at BoatUS know that the bowline knot can be one of the hardest knots for new boat owners to learn. In this instructional knot tying video, Matt and Ann demonstrate how to tie a bowline and talk about its common uses. Know your knots and learn how to tie a bowline k ...more

How To : Tie a Turk's Head knot in a flat or matt format

Learn how to tie a Turk's Head Knot in a flat or matt format - A decorative knot that is tied flat and can, if desired, then be formed into the cylindrical form of the Turk's Head Knot. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

How To : Tie the quick release knot

Here is a good knot. Do you know it? It's the quick release knot. Check out this instructional knot tying video that demonstrates how to tie the Quick Release knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this boating tutorial and learn how to tie a Quick Release knot. ...more

How To : Tie off a suspension ring with a basic knot

This video tutorial is in the Outdoor Recreation category which will show you how to tie off a suspension ring with a basic knot. Weld less rings are used as connection points for a variety of purposes. However, riggers quite often make tying a ring unnecessarily complicated. ...more

How To : Tie a Thief Knot

This video shows you how to tie a Thief Knot. This knot looks a Reef Knot to the casual observer and so can be used to determine if a thief is tampering with your belongings bag - secure it with a Thief Knot, and if you find it re-tied with a Reef Knot, you know someone has be ...more

How To : Tie the square knot for boating

Watch out for this popular knot - the square knot for boating. It is including here as much as to warn you of its pitfalls as to show the proper way to tie it! The square knot is an easy to tie knot that is good for securing non-critical items. It should not be trusted to join ...more

How To : Play jet ski frisbee

Jet ski frisbess is simply fetch where one guy stands on the dock and throws a frisbee into the lake. The other guy races his waverunner or jet ski out to catch the frisbee before it hits the water.

How To : TIe a decorative noose

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie a decorative noose. First, form a loop and then and wrap the end around the loop thirteen times. Next, take the loose end and stick it into the coils you just made. Use a pencil and long scissors to help you do this. After you are done wit ...more

How To : Tie a Whipping knot

Learn how to tie a Whipping - How to apply a whipping to a line to protect it from unraveling or to form an aglet at the end of a rope. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

How To : Tie a Sheepshank from a Tom Fool's knot

Learn how to tie a Sheepshank using a Tom Fool's Knot as a base - This is a quick and stable means of tying a sheepshank knot. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

How To : Install Teleflex QC II steering cables on a boat

If you're looking to replace or just add cables to your steering this video tutorial is just what you need. You'll find out how to install Teleflex QC II steering cables on your boat in no time at all. Just pay attention to the video, take any notes, and good luck!

How To : Tie the cleat knot easily

Check out this instructional knot tying video that demonstrates how to tie a cleat knot. Learn how to tie off your boat at the dock. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this boating tutorial and learn how to tie a Cleat Knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. ...more

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