Originally Posted by lakelandterrier
I want to teach Mrs T & the puppies some key knots & bends so they can be more involved whilst afloat (& I have to do less
I have a shortlist of he most useful knots & bends - more than which I seldom use:
(Double) sheet bend
Figure of eight
round turn 2 half hitches
Is this a good list that all should know & be able to apply?
I've found I seldom use more than this, so am I missing anything for general purpose use? i'm quite happy to have the expertise myself if we ever need a reverse lay double barreled sideways hitch with knobs on.
do people NEED to know more than my top 5? and if so in what circumstances?
I know it sounds basic but they need to know how to secure to a cleat and how to coil a rope.
This list you have got could probably loose the fig of 8. It's not the best stopper knot on the planet as it comes undone too easily. The only stopper knot on my RIBS is on the elephants trunk anyway so it's not something the crew need to tie regularly.
While clove hitch has a purpose it can generally be replaced by the round turn and 2 half hitches.
I teach RIB students the following
Round turn and 3 half hitches (3 or more)
Securing to a cleat + locking turn
Coiling a line
More if they are interested but the above serves them quite well