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Three knots you should know

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Going out on a Lake Coun­ty lake or water­way? Here are three knots every­one should know for safe boat­ing, moor­ing and dock­ing. If you’re not adept at tying these knots, you soon will be. Get your­self some line and prac­tice at home, so you’ll be ready when you’re on the water in Lake Coun­ty.

Figure-Eight

The figure-eight knot is a ‘multi-use’ knot: Use it to connect two ropes to make a longer line or as a "stopper" knot to prevent the line from slipping through a hole or a gap in a block or a cleat.

Knot Figure Eight

Bowline

The bowline is another essential ‘multi-use’ knot to know. When you form this knot, it creates a fixed loop on the end of the rope or line—which can be used for hitching, mooring or lifting.

Knot Bowline

Cleating Hitch

Used to attach a line to a cleat on a dock, the cleating hitch is formed by (1) wrapping the line around the base of the cleat, (2) forming one or more figure eights around the cleat, and (3) securing the knot with a half hitch.

Knot Cleating Hitch

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