Cord or fiber woven and tied together has been used by the world's earliest man. Rope and cordage had many different uses back then, food gathering being one of the most important. Fishing knots allowed humans to catch food in the water and nooses were tied to trap small game. Pulley systems were some of the first simple machines used for moving, building, and carrying. The correct knots had to be tied for them to function properly. All sailing vessels from the beginning of the time relied on many different types of knots.
This handy guide from the team at SeattleYatchs and Sailing Boats shows 16 of the most useful and common knots for sailing. One of the most common knots that every boat owner should knot is the cleat hitch. This knot will keep your boat securely tied to a dock or any cleat on land. Knowing you can go to sleep trusting that your boat will not come untied and float away during the night is pretty important!
Infographic by: Seattleyachts.com