The most common knots for sailing / boating

If you hire a yacht bareboat, you opt for crewed or skippered yacht charter option, there are some basics skills, you better learn as soon as possible. Tying knots is for sure one of them. Read the full article and be ready for your next Croatia yacht charter experience.

For additional sailing skills read also our tips on sailing and everything you need to know for sailing a catamaran.

  Bowline knot

The bowline creates a fixed loop at the end of a rope, making it useful for fastening a mooring line to a ring or post on shore. It’s the most commonly used knot on all boats.

Sheet band knot

The sheet bend is used to join two different ropes together. It’s best to use this knot for ropes which are under load because the knot can untie if it doesn’t have enough strain.

Figure-eight knot

Designed to prevent ropes from running out of retaining devices and it can be easily untied. The figure-eight knot will jam if put under strain, making it useful for sailboat stoppers.

Clove hitch knot

The Clove Hitch is used to fasten a rope to a rod, pole or another rope. It is used to pull along an object lengthwise, usually used to tie fenders to a fence.


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The most common knots for sailing / boating
Paško Klisović
Sibenik, 14.03.2018
25+ years of nautical & yacht charter experience. Managing NCP Charter (NCP&Mare) since 2005. Current president of Croatian nautical industry association and Croatian Charter industry association within Croatian chamber of commerce. Member of tourist board of City of Šibenik as representative of nautical tourism.
Rick H. Netherlands sailed on
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Rick H. | Netherlands - Charter

Last week we rented the Sportski Vuk (Grand Soleil 37R). I would like to share that we really enjoyed sailing the boat.
The boat was in a good condition and the service of the crew was great. Kike responded very promptly on our questions while sailing.

See you again!

Grand Soleil 37R, 20.-27.08.2022.
François S. France sailed on
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François S. | France - Charter
Hi Sandra, Hi Ratko, Hi everybody from NCP Charter,

We thank you a lot for this very nice sailing trip we made with Dufour 460 - "Get Lucky" from Sibenik around the astonishing Adriatic islands.
We have been very impressed by the quality of your organisation, and will keep preciously the memory of your kindness: please continue to do so!

If any of you come to France, keep our contact: we live in "Manche", where sailing is an other story, beautifull too...

Best regards, François ("bucket man"), Marion, Bastien, Emeline
Dufour 460, 20.-27.08.2022.

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