Six Essential Knots for Summer Shenanigans

first_imgKnowing the right knot for any situation is one of the most useful skills a man can have, and with summer just around the corner, we thought it’d be helpful to give you a quick-reference guide to knots that will most likely come in handy during all the crazy recreational activities you’ve undoubtedly got planned. Enjoy!Trucker’s HitchThis knot comes in handy in lots of different situations, but it’s particularly useful for fastening large things (kayaks, rafts, bikes, etc) to the roof of your car. When tied properly, it works a lot like a pulley system and allows you to apply a great deal of tension to the rope before it’s secured.BowlineHonestly, no good knot guide would be complete without a mention of the bowline. It’s sometimes called The King of Knots, and for good reason. It comes in handy in just about every situation. If you need a solid loop that won’t slip –for, say, securing a towrope to the back of a boat for waterskiing– this is the knot you want.Fisherman’s KnotThis knot only really has one use, but there’s no better way to secure a hook to the end of a fishing line. There are other knots that get the job done, but this one is arguably the easiest to remember of the bunch.Cleat HitchNow that boating season will soon be in full swing, chances are pretty good that you’ll encounter a situation where some kind of watercraft needs to be fastened to a dock. The cleat hitch is the fastest and most secure way to do this, and knowing it will make you a much more useful sailing companion.Taut Line HitchThis knot is immensely useful when setting up a tent, shelter, or any line that requires adjustable length and tension. When not under a load, the knot slips along the standing part of the line allowing you to remove the slack, but when placed under a load, it locks in placeSquare KnotMuch the bowline, the square knot is another knot that’s great in numerous different situations. It’s great for tying two pieces of rope together — so long as those ropes will not be subjected to large loads. We’ve found that it’s particularly useful for tying up bundles of firewood for easy transportKnow of any other knots that might come in handy this summer? Tell us about ’em! How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations last_img

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