Tying knots on the plane

Since it’s winter, and we’re not sailing, the closest I can get to being on a boat is to read novels that feature sailboats, build upper body strength for when we can actually sail, and practice tying knots.

On a flight to Boston last night, I used the What Knot To Do app to get familiar with a few boating knots. Before leaving on the trip I had tried using the instructions in The Complete Book of Sailing Knots, but the illustrations apparently did not match the way my brain needed to see the knot instructions, and I couldn’t follow the steps.

The What Knot To Do steps worked really well for me, though, and I practiced the bowline, anchor bend, clove hitch, and my favorite, the highwayman’s knot.

I keep a length of line in my laptop bag now (really it’s just a sweatshirt hoodie string) so I can keep practicing. I tied knots for about 20 minutes on the plane, and I’m not sure I could do any of them again right now. So much to learn!

Author: Andrea Badgley

Writer at Butterfly Mind and Andrea Reads America. Happiness Engineer with Automattic.

5 thoughts on “Tying knots on the plane”

  1. Sweet!

    I like that you’re using your water bottle to tie around too!
    Is that third image the bowline? If so, I think the loop should be around the bottle top. You might have an extra loop in there with the bit that’s currently around the bottle.

    Another nice one is the anchor bend. Can be used on the downhaul as well as an anchor. Although you may not have a downhaul on the types of boats you sail… I don’t know.

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