## 9 thoughts on “Knots”

1. JJS says:

When we are sailing with friends with less experience we like to say, “if you can’t tie a good knot then tie lots of them”.

2. Michael S. Kelly says:

As a Boy Scout, I had to learn the first 10 by heart. After the 10th one on this list, the only one I recognize is the sheepshank (the very similar shawshank has some redeeming features). But, like semaphore (which I learned in half an hour and won that part of our Jamboree), I can remember only the names. I remember how to tie maybe three or four of them.

3. MfK says:

20 knots = 23.016 mph.

1. George Turner says:

Is that by rote?

I’ve had 0.002378 slugs per cubic foot stuck in my head ever since I was little. One day I’ll learn it in metric.

1. David Spain says:

.0012255 grams / cc ?

1. George Turner says:

Yes, that’s it. Using slugs/ft^3 let me calculate lift and drag from area in square feet and velocity in feet per second. I ran sea level air density through my pocket calculator so many times that it got stuck in my head.

2. MfK says:

Of course it’s by rote. You read it, didn’t you? That must mean that I rote it.

1. David Spain says:

I used to use the running knot all the time on our farm because it holds well when drawn tight and can be undone with a single pull and an unwrap. My ex-Navy Dad taught me that one. His Blue Handbook was full of cool stuff, like how to coil a rope into a perfect spiral on the deck, etc. I’ve forgotten it all and the book was tossed in a family move when I was a kid.