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Boater’s Guide to Anchor Knots

Setting anchor is essential for boaters, whether you're docking your vessel or staying stationary in open water. In order to ensure your safety and the safety of your boat, it's essential to know how to tie a boat anchor knot. While there are many types of knots you can use depending on your anchoring system, the best knot for anchor stability is the anchor knot, also called the anchor hitch or anchor bend. Keep reading to learn more about this versatile knot and other anchor knots you can use to secure your boat.

What is an Anchor Knot?

An anchor hitch knot is a type of knot used to secure an object to a stationary object. It is also known as a mooring hitch. This hitch is commonly used to tie boats to docks but can also be used to fasten other objects, such as tents and tarps to trees or poles. The anchor knot is a very secure knot and thus well-suited for applications where safety is a concern. So, whether you want to dock your boat or stay put in the open water, it’s essential to learn how to tie an anchor hitch knot.

How to Tie an Anchor Knot 

Not only is the anchor hitch one of the best anchor knots for boats, but it is also easy to learn and master. Here is how to tie an anchor knot in three simple steps:

  1. Wrap the nylon rope twice around the anchor shackle.
  2. Pass the rope end through the loops and pull tightly.
  3. Wrap the remaining rope around the standing rope, and hold and pull to tighten.

You can quickly release the anchor hitch knot by pulling on the standing part of the rope. With a bit of practice, this knot can be tied quickly and securely, making it an ideal choice for boaters, fishermen, and sailors of trade and sport.

Other Anchor Knots for Boats

The anchor hitch isn’t the only boat anchor knot that’s worth knowing how to tie. There are two other anchor knots for boats every sailor and fisherman should know. The type of knot you'll use will depend on your anchoring system, as well as the size and weight of your vessel. 

The Cleat Hitch

The cleat hitch is a popular anchor knot for tying boats to docks. To tie a cleat hitch, first wrap the rope around the base of the cleat (the part closest to the hull). Next, take the end of the rope and pass it under itself, then over the top of the cleat. Finally, tuck the end of the rope under itself and pull tight.

The Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is one of the most important knots to learn how to tie for boating and other applications. To tie a clove hitch, start by passing the end of the rope around the dock post (or another object). Next, bring the end of the rope up and over itself, then back down around the post. Finally, tuck the end of the rope under itself and pull tight. 

By learning how to tie the anchor hitch, cleat hitch, and clove hitch, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the best anchor knots for boats.

Best Boat Anchor Knot Ropes 

Now that you know the best knots for anchor stability, it’s important to choose high-quality rope to secure the knots. Most docking and anchor lines require rope that is:

  • Waterproof 
  • UV-resistant
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Water absorption-resistant
  • Chemical resistant

The best boat rope with these qualities is nylon rope because it’s lightweight, flexible, and resistant to most chemicals. 

*Pro Tip: Keep your rope and equipment protected with rope chafe guards!

Find The Perfect Rope to Tie Your Best Knot for Anchoring

At SGT KNOTS, we offer a wide selection of rope for boaters. You can also learn how to tie the best knots for boating, how to use anchor lead chains, watch our knot tutorials or visit our blog for more information and tips. Explore the world of ropes and knot tying by following SGT KNOTS on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook today!

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