collected by   Tony Heyes member Rye Yacht Club
One can Google all these knots and get many results. Some are better than others. This is my collection of what I consider to be the pick of the bunch.
Let's us define a Good Knot. It should be easy to tie, not shake loose and easy to undo - even if it has carried a heavy load and the rope is now wet. With the exception of the Highwayman's knot, all the knots described here are Good.
A Stopper Knot: used to make a big end on a rope to prevent it being pulled through a narrow gap.Never use a simple overhand knot - it becomes far too difficult to untie. Use:Bends: knots for joining two ropes together.
The Figure of Eight Knot.My favourite is The Zeppelin Bend.Hitches: knots for tying ropes to things.
if your two ropes are of different thickness use: The Sheet Bend. Or for an even more secure version: The Double Sheet Bend.
If you have the need to tie together two nylon or slippy ropes consider The Fisherman's Knot or the even more secure version: The Double Fisherman's Knot.
However, both fisherman's knots can be hard to undo and should be avoided if possible.A very commonly used knot; great if the load is maintained: The Clove Hitch but it can shake loose. Play safe and add a half hitch at the end!A Loop:
Better still, use the "Most Useful Knot in the World": The Bowline.Even better, use the Bowline with Yosemite Finish sometimes calledLearn The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches but then learn the similar but much better knot; The Anchor Hitch .
The Yosemite Bowline.
if you need to tie to a taught rope such as an anchor rope use The Rolling Hitch.Exactly the same knot can be used to make a loop round an object. in this case it is called The Midshipman's Hitch.To tie up to a cleat, Yes, you use The Cleat Hitch .
More of a fun knot than a serious one. But, if you want a quick get-away use
The Highwayman's Hitch.Occasionally one needs to tie a loop in the middle or at the end of a rope.
Use: The Figure of Eight Loop Knot.
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