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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 : 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 3 variations of the Surgeon's knot

Learn how to tie a Surgeon's Knot - Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, and slipped - A knot similar to the reef knot but holds better on small round ropes (shoelaces!) then the reef knot and so I use it for tying my shoes. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scou ...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 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

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 a Shamrock knot / True Lover's knot

This shows you how to tie a Shamrock Knot / True Lover's Knot - A decorative knot, built from two Thumb Knots, that forms the shape of a shamrock. This is used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

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 : 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 : 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 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 : Tie the dropper loop fishing knot

Check out this instructional fishing video that demonstrates how to tie the Dropper Loop knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this fishing tutorial and learn how to tie a Dropper Loop fishing knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and r ...more

How To : Repair gel coat

Repairing gel coat is covered in this series. Part 1 of 2 - How to Repair gel coat. Part 2 of 2 - How to Repair gel coat.

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 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 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 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 the monkey's fist boating knot

There are often requests for the Monkey’s Fist (or Paw) Knot so here it is! Watch this instructional knot tying video to learn how to tie your own perfect monkey's fist boating knot. The key to tying the monkey's fist knot successfully is to have a small ball or core to insert ...more

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 : 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 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 : 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 : Do a handcuff knot

ITS tactical is going to show you how to make a handcuff knot, which is usually used to restrain things. To make this loop you want to make 2 loops, the first being an overhand loop, while the second is an underhand loop. Once you make the loops you want to stack them and then ...more

How To : Tie a non slip mono loop fishing knot

Check out this instructional fishing video that demonstrates how to tie the Non Slip Mono Loop knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this fishing tutorial and learn how to tie a Non Slip Mono Loop fishing knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start prac ...more

How To : Install a t-top navigational light on your boat

Navigational lights on a boat can be extremely important. They not only can be used in cases of emergency, but also let other boaters know that you're there and to either keep away or watch out. It can be a little bit difficult to install, but after watching this tutorial may ...more

How To : Winterize your boat

In this tutorial, we learn how to winterize your boat with Bill Sisson. First, you need to make sure everything that moves stays moving. You can help this by adding some oil and cream to the parts that need to stay moving. Anything that is related to the fuel system should be ...more

How To : Tie the figure eight knot for boating or paddling

The figure eight follow through boating knot is one of the strongest knots. (also can be used for paddling). It is generally rated at 70% - 75% of rope strength. Due to it's strength and the fact that it is easy to visually inspect, it is commonly used by climbers as their "ti ...more

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