Have seen a lot of talk about boating knots, and thought I'd find some good info on these useful tools. Two Half Hitches This reliable knot is quickly tied and is the hitch most often used in mooring. To tie: Pass end of rope around post or other object. Wrap short end of rope under and over long part of rope, pushing the end down through the loop. This is a half hitch. Repeat on long rope below first half hitch and draw up tight. Bowline This knot doesn't jam or slip when tied properly. It will slip, but you've got to get dangerously close to the breaking point of a rope to do it. To tie: Make the overhand loop with the end held toward you, then pass end through loop. Now pass end up behind the standing part, then down through the loop again. Draw up tight. Figure Eight This knot is ideal for keeping the end of a rope from running out of tackle or pulley. It is also ideal for keeping rope from unravelling. To tie: Make underhand loop, bringing end around and over the standing part. Pass end under, then up through the loop. Draw up tight. Square Knot This knot is used at sea in reefing and furling sails. It can also be used to tie 2 lines of similar diameter together, but once it has been under tension, you will likely need a knife wrench to undo it. To tie: Pass left and over and under right end. Curve what is now the left end toward the right and cross what is now the right end over and under the left. Draw up tight. Anchor Bend This knot is used to secure a rope or a line to an anchor. To tie: Pass two loops through ring. Place free end around standing line. Pass free end through loops. Complete by making half hitch. Clove Hitch This knot is the "general utility" hitch for when you need a quick, simple method of fastening a rope around a post, spar or stake. To tie: Make a turn with the rope around the object and over itself. Take a second turn with the rope around the object. Pull the end up under the second turn so it is between the rope and the object. Tighten by pulling on both ends. Sheep Shank This is useful in shortening a piece of rope, or bypassing a bad spot in rope. To tie: (couldn't find this one on the web, so I'm writing it out myself) Lay the rope out flat. Make 3 loops in the rope, side by side, with the crossings all on top. Take the left side of the center loop, pass it over the right side of the left loop, and under the left side of the left loop. Take the right side of the center loop, pass it under the left side of the right loop, and over the right side of the right loop. Pull the ends, both standing and working, tight. What this essentially does is puts half hitches around the center loop, which shortens the rope. If tied properly, all 3 sections of rope between the half hitches will be the same length, and will therefore share the load.