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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 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 Cat's Paw knot

Learn how to tie a Cat's Paw - a handy way of forming a loop in a bight of rope to attach to a hook or other object. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

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 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 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 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 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 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 the round turn 2 half hitches knot

Check out this instructional knot tying video that demonstrates how to tie the Round Turn Two Half Hitches knot. This video also illustrates how easy it is to remove this knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this fishing tutorial and learn how to tie a Round T ...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 : 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 : 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 Draw Hitch or Thief Hitch

Learn how to tie a Draw or Thief Hitch - a means of securing a rope with two standing ends - one end is load bearing, and the other can be pulled to release the knot. I used this knot extensively for raising the mast on my first trailor-sailor - Tie this above the spreaders, s ...more

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

News : Chinese Dropout Builds Submarine

Amateur Chinese inventor, Tao Xiangli, has built his own homemade submarine. Drawing inspiration from the James Bond and Terminator movies, Xiangli's tinkering is quite impressive, considering his education came to a halt at the fifth grade. In The Guardian's video piece on t ...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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 : Maintain a mechanical steering system on your boat

It seems that maintaining the steering system on your boat is a pretty important task. Not only does it make sure your boat is running smoothly and effeciently, but will also make sure that you don't face certain doom. So in this tutorial, find out exactly how to maintain your ...more

How To : Tie a Spanish Bowline knot

Learn how to tie a Spanish Bowline - a good way of tying a bowline with two loops. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

How To : Winterize your boat and prepare it for Winter

In this tutorial, we learn how to winterize your boat and prepare it for winter. First, you will remove the drain plug from the boat and let the water out. After this, remove the oil drain and drain the oil out of the motor while it's warm. Exhaust fumes while the engine is tu ...more

News : Deadly Shark Submarine Sure to Freak Out Beach Goers

Another sweet boat this weekend (see yesterday's Zipper Motorboat), the Seabreacher X is a high-speed sub, fashioned after a man-eating shark. Built by Innespace, the submarine has a 260 horsepower engine, can speed through the water at 50 mph on the surface and 25 mph when di ...more

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