This Butterfly knot will accommodate a load in any direction, and is used mostly in outdoor and boating situations, but also could be used as a paddling knot. It's used for securing a loop or many loops in the middle of a rope. Great for mountain climbing and canoeing.
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.
Learn how to tie a Stopper Knot - A quick way to form a stopper at the end of a line to prevent it from pulling through a block or other object. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, rock climbing, general outdoors and even bondage.
Check out this instructional fishing video that demonstrates how to tie the Big Game Loop knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this fishing tutorial and learn how to tie a Big Game fishing knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!
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 mechanical steering system on your boat. You'll thank yourself and so will your boat. Enjoy!
How to tie a Grass Bend - A good knot for joining together two ropes made of stiff material - seat belt webbing, for example. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.
It's easy to remove the old lettering from your boat before applying your new boat graphics. Check out this instructional boating video to learn how to do just that. Heat them with a hair dryer and slowly peel them off. When you have all of them removed, scrape off any remaining glue residue and clean the surface thoroughly using ordinary glass cleaner. Your new boat lettering is ready to be applied.
Radio communication is one of the oldest and most effective means of communication via technology, so it's no wonder it's still a popular way to send and receiver signals, especially on the water. Having a Marine radio can be critical when operating a boat on any type of water. There are many uses for a Marine radio, but the most important is to send a distress signal — here’s how to do it.
Learn how to tie a Butterfly Knot - a handy way of forming a loop in a bight of rope that is quick to tie and generally easy to untie. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.
Use this knot (buntline hitch boating knot) to fasten items such as snaps and rings to rope or cord. It forms a small, neat and very reliable boating knot. Not to be used however, for tying into a climbing rope. Watch this boating knot tying video tutorial for helpful tips. Pass the end of the rope through the shackle, then back up across the standing part. Make a turn around the standing line, forming a loop with the shackle at the base of the loop. Bring the free end across tops of both par...
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 treated as well. The fuel system needs to be treated or else it won't work properly when you start your boat up again in the summer. Make sure you have a good fuel stabilizer in the fuel and treat the filter as well. Jus...
This video tutorial will show you how easy it can be to switch your old fluorescent lights with an led light. This video focuses on the t-top of your boat or watercraft and shows you how to save energy even on a boat. It's a definite upgrade over what standard boats have and gives you a much sharper color than those other boring dull lights. So sit back and enjoy this easy to do tutorial.
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 two ropes together or to hold down something that absolutely has to stay put. This knot will capsize or jam under load and will also untie itself under movement. This knot tying instructional animation will help you hon...
Check out this instructional fishing video that demonstrates how to tie a Palomar knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this fishing tutorial and learn how to tie a Palomar fishing knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!
This video shows you how to tie a bowline knot, usually used when using a canoe.
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 turned on as well. Now, start the engine and let it run for a few minutes staying idle. After doing these steps, your boat will be ready to be stored for the winter. So when you turn it on when it's ready, it won't stall o...
Demonstration of painting techniques for boats. Part 1 is a general outline of the process, the following parts provide more detailed instruction.
Ray Temeyer introduces beginners to the canoe and kayak. The canoe has been used for thousands of years to explore and trade upon waterways and seas. Though motor boats have, for the most part, replaced the canoe for commercial trade canoes and kayaks are very popular as recreational water craft
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.
This video is a part of a series on repairing a boat deck with epoxy. Part 1 of 2 - How to Repair boat decks with epoxy.
This will show you how to tie a Portuguese Bowline - similar to a normal bowline but with an extra turn in the loop portion, making it more chafe resistant. This is used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.
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.
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 been messing with your stuff. This is used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.
Learn how to tie the Trucker's Hitch Knot for boating. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Trucker's Hitch Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Tie a Trucker's Hitch Knot with a knot tying animation.
Need help with your knots? Ann and Matt from BoatUS teach new boaters how to tie a cleat hitch at the dock. Know your knots and practice tying a cleat hitch knot by watching this instructional knot tying video. Improve your skills and tie knots like a pro.
Learn how to tie a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches - a quick and secure way of attaching a rope to a railing or other fixed object. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, general outdoors and even bondage.
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.
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 into the knot before tightening it up. The core must match the size of the knot - which is dependent on the size of the rope being used - for the knot to finish right. Some trial and error is to be expected when first t...
Eddie shows us how to remove a boat from the water in this video tutorial. First, take down the canvases and wrap them up. Now, put the antennas down and drive the boat to the loading dock. Next you will need a large truck that has a hitch and trailer attached to it, and secure everything so the boat stays on and doesn't come off of the trailer. Take the drain plug out of the boat before you transport it, to make it lighter. Transport the boat to your house, and place bricks over the front so...
Learn how to tie the Anchor Bend Knot for boating. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Anchor Bend Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next boating trip. Tie the Anchor Bend knot with a knot tying animation.
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 diving, and best of all: the Seabreacher X can jump 12 feet into the air!
Nothing is more frustrating that finding yourself out on the open sea and having to manuever around a bunch of stuff lying around in your boat. Not only can it be hazerdous, but also very annoying. So what do you do? Install a storage bag or course! In this tutorial, you;ll find out how to easily install a CE Smith t-top storage bag on your boat in little to no time. Now all your stuff can be easily put away and easily accessible. Enjoy!
LowkeeLT demonstrates how to patch a hole in a fiberglass boat hull. First, grind around the edge of the hole to make it smooth. Make an angle that goes towards the hull so that the resin won't get caught and create air pockets. Attach kitchen wax paper to the boat as a non-stick material for the poly resin to set against. Then, put down a flexible cutting board by duct taping the two layers on the outside of the hull and pulling it taut. Attach three layers of fiberglass strips with resin to...
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.
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 knot with this boating tutorial video.
The Anchor Bend is the boating knot generally used to fasten a line to an anchor. The free end should be secured with seizing to the standing line for a permanent, secure knot. One side of a Double Fisherman’s also makes a good backup knot to this and any knot. Make two turns around the shackle, leaving turns open. Talk a half turn around the standing line and feed the free end through the turns and pull tight. Now tie a half hitch around the standing part and pull tight. Seize the free end o...
Repairing blisters in a gel coat for a boat is covered in this video series. Part 1 of 2 - How to Repair blisters on a gel coat for a boat.
Fiberglass, kevlar and carbon can all be used to repair boats this demonstration shows you how.
Learn how to create a one person paddle boat out of everyday objects. This narrated video goes through the process of creating both the boat and paddle. A poncho, a papasan chair, and a few pieces of wood will be needed. This guy is nuts!
When out on the ocean, it's always a smart move to make sure your electronics are close by and easily accessible. The best way to do so is by having it located at the t-top tower of your boat. So this tutorial will show you how to install a CE Smith electronics box on the t-top of your boat. It's easy to do and will have your equipment ready in no time. Enjoy!