Hot Boats & Watercraft How-Tos

How To: Tie an Icicle Hitch Variant knot

Learn how to tie a variation on an Icicle Hitch - This version can easily be tied in the middle portion of the fixed object with no need to pass a bight over the end. The Icicle Hitch is a knot with far greater holding power than a Rolling Hitch, used to secure a rope to a railing, pole, or another rope where the direction of pull is along the length of the fixed object. This knot greatly resists sliding and slipping. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To: Tie square lashing knots with animated knot tying help

Learn how to tie a knot, but not just any old knot... a square lashing knot. You'll never have any troubles again tying nautical square lashing knots, thanks to this Marinews knot tie animated tutorial. You can learn by simply watching the knot tying animation at a moderate speed, or if need be, click on "learn by steps" to get step-by-step rope knot instructions for square lashing knots. How to make a knot is not the hard part, choosing the right fishing knots or rope knot is.

How To: Tie the running bowline knot for boating

Check out this instructional boating video that demonstrates how to tie the running bowline knot for boating. Animations are the best way to learn to tie a knot. Just follow the simple steps outlined in this instructional fishing video and learn how to tie a running bowline knot. Start reeling in the big fish! Tie the running bowline knot for boating.

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 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...

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 is perfect for heavy equipment, and great for boats and other watercraft vehicles. The bowline can take as much weight as the rope can handle, and it can be untied!

How To: Set up the mast on the Open 570 single-handedly

In this video, we learn how to set up the mast on the Open 570 single-handedly. First, look to see where the mast is going to fit on the boat. Pick the mast up in the middle so it balances out on each side, it's very long. Turn the mast around and place the edge facing the foyer. Put the base of the mast into the mast step, then let it rest on a step ladder. From here, get into the boat and add the safety pin into the base of the mast to keep it locked. Now take the mast and push it up into t...

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 the engine. Remove the two plugs from the block and one plug from the sea pot as shown in the video and drain out all the water. Be careful and don't drop the seals while removing the plugs from the engine. While the wate...

How To: Remove a boat from the water for transport & storage

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...

How To: Patch a hole in a fiberglass hole

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...

How To: Tie a Tautline Hitch knot

Learn how to tie a Tautline Hitch - a good gripping hitch that is quick to tie and resists sliding when the pull is parallel to the object to which it is tied. It is quite similar to the Rolling Hitch. This is a fine knot for camping, climbing, sailing or Boy Scout training.

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 grips the mast tighter and tighter. This knot can be used in sailing, boating, general use, camping and bondage.

How To: Tie a figure eight knot

Ann and Matt of BoatUS teach boaters how to tie a figure eight or stopper knot. This is a very valuable knot for sailors to know. So check out this instructional knot tying video to improve your knot tying skills by learning how to tie a figure eight knot.

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 boating knot and not to be trusted to moor a boat or anything else of value! Hope this knot tying instructional video helps you perfect your mooring hitch boating knot. Enjoy! Tie the mooring hitch knot for boating.

How To: Tie the double fisherman's knot for boating

Watch this boating instructional video to learn how to tie the double fisherman's knot. The double fisherman's knot securely ties two ropes together or can be used to tie the ends of rope or cord together to form the loops. Another use for this knot is to make another baoting knot more secure by tying this knot with the tag end of the rope behind another boating knot, a practice common to mountain climbers. In that case, you are effectively tying one half of the double fisherman's boating kno...

How To: Tie the albright fishing knot

Check out this instructional fishing video that demonstrates how to tie the Albright knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this boating tutorial and learn how to tie an Albright fishing knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

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. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

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 practicing and reel in the big fish!

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 Turn 2 Half Hitches knot. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

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 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...

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 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...

How To: Winterize the sterdrive unit on your boat

In this tutorial, we learn how to winterize the stern drive unit on your boat. By draining the oil as the last step, you must inspect for moisture. If you have no moisture, you can assume there is no water intrusion so you don't have to do any repairs. Remove the oil out of the lower unit first, making sure to keep an eye out for metal shavings and moisture. Use the proper gear lube to make sure you are draining all the areas properly. When finished, your boat will be ready to be stored and b...

How To: Use marine VHF radio

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.