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Filed Under (Boating Knots and Lines) by Debbie on 01-06-2007

I remember the very first time I stood at a dock with a rope in hand.  Thankfully, I faired better than another couple….


We were at Fern Ridge in Oregon, just outside of Eugene.  It’s a nice lake for sailing, good width, consistent wind although not too deep.  Its also pretty good for wakeboarding and hydro-foiling as it’s pretty warm.  We were at a small marina there in our slip, which happened to be right next to the boat ramp.  A middle-aged couple with their very first powerboat came limping back to the dock with an engine problem.


My hubby jumped out and went to give his advice while I worked on dinner.  Before long my hubby’s back and the gentleman boat owner, leaving his wife with the boat, heads off to the marine store for parts.  The wife gets out of the boat and stands there looking in the direction her hubby took.


Our dinner is done and we sit in the cockpit of our little trailer sailor (a Macgregor 26) and relax.  Suddenly our peaceful interlude is disturbed by a startled gasp.  Glancing around we find the newbie owner standing on the dock watching her boat slowly drift away.  It would seem no one ever told her that you couldn’t park a boat; you have to tie them to the dock.


There’s no way now, short of swimming, she can reach it and it’s too far away for our boat hook.  She starts wringing her hands and muttering, “Oh, my…oh, my…”


A sudden engine roar… a hearty avast ye swabs and a want to be hero arrives on the watery horizon.  Said hero zooms into the moorage, well over the 5 MPH speed requirement and brings with him a tsunami sized wake.  As he approaches the wandering vessel, he throws his engine hard to reverse, while he doesn’t hit the other boat, the water is now churned up so badly that all the boats are dancing around.


He runs forward into his open bow, grabs a rope and jumps into the wayward boat, leaving his now un-manned.  Once there he realizes there’s little to be done with his bow-line.  So he jumps back into his boat and zooms back and forth trying to find away to tie onto the drifting vessel. Once the circus has run for a bit our hero finally figures out that he needs to tie onto the drifting boat’s bow and cleat off on his stern and simply tow it back.


My hubby and I watched the whole thing while eating our dinner…hey….dinner and show!


It would have helped for this woman to have a basic grasp of knots.  There are lots of knots and it’s important to know a few.  Power boaters don’t need to know as many as a sail boater does but everyone should know a few.  Therefore, I wanted to give you a link to an amazing web site that will show you how to tie some very useful knots.


Then again, if you’re like me, you’ll need that handy reference book….I got mine at a used book store.