Knots – figure of 8

Tying knots – the mainstay of sailing is a basic skill and a very practical one.

Here, we are going to learn a very basic figure 8 knot, where and why its used.

It is similar to an overhand knot but but for a twist


Figure 8


  1. Take one the lead end, make a loopKnot-Fig8-1
  2. loop the lead under,Knot-Fig8-2
  3. and back down through the loop.Figure 8
  4. pull tight.


Its not likely to come undone under load or agitation.

Purpose: to stop the rope from just running through a cleat or hole.

Its relativity easy to untie when not on load. But not in the middle of a long line,