The Bowline Knot

The Bowline Knot

The Bowline makes a reasonably secure loop in the end of a piece of rope and is one of the most useful knots you can learn. The bowline is sometimes referred to as King of the knots because of its importance. Along with the sheet bend and the clove hitch, the bowline is often considered one of the most essential knots. [1]



It has many uses, but is most often used to fasten a mooring line to a ring or a post. The Bowline can be tied with one hand,which is useful if injured and essential if you are using the other hand to hold on to the line or the boat!

It does not slip or bind under a load and can be untied easily when not holding a load. Two bowlines can also be linked together to join two ropes.

Its primary shortcoming is that it cannot be tied, or untied, when there is a load on the standing end. Meaning that it should be avoided when, for example, a mooring line may have to be released under load. [2]

Another forewarning is that when a Bowline is unloaded, it can very readily work its way untied.

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The rope we used in the video is ¼" Utility Rope (Royal Blue): a basic, affordable, all-purpose and all-weather rope.
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