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How To : Tie a sheet bend knot

A sheet bend is used to tie two lines (ropes) together that are the same or different sizes. If lines of different sizes are used, the thicker or stiffer line forms the open loop, and the thinner or more flexible line (white line) passes through the open loop, around the back ...more

How To : Tie a permanent knot

This is not magic but a very useful and very easy way to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever slipping apart. This simple how-to shows how to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever coming apart. This could be very helpful for sailing or anything you nee ...more

How To : Make sails

Sailmaking is the skill of designing, cutting, and trimming ship sails. Get expert tips and advice on canvas and sailing terminology in this free video. Part 1 of 30 - How to Make sails. Make sails - Part 2 of 30. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Make sai ...more

How To : Improve your roll tack technique when sailing

To some, sailing is more than just relaxing, it's a sport. When sailing at high speeds is races, you may find yourself in need of a way to get through a tack quickly. Being able to tack in sailing is good, but you need to perfect this into a roll tack. This allows you to turn ...more

How To : Tie a Turk's head knot for sailing

This how to video tutorial demonstrates how to tie a Turk's knot for sailing. Follow along with the step by step process and the directions below to learn how to tie the Turk's knot. Make 3 turns and follow this sequence: u-o-u-o-u, then around to the right of the standing en ...more

How To : Use a Spinnaker Pole

Sailor John Kretschmer demonstrates how to fly a conventional symmetrical spinnaker for cruising using a Forespar spinnaker pole.

How To : Tie a square knot with two ropes

A square knot is used to tie two lines (ropes) together that are of a similar size. The two ends of the line which carry the load are on the same side. This knot is also called a reef knot. Tie a square knot with two ropes. Click through to watch this video on sailingcourse.com

How To : Heave to when sailing in heavy weather

This video talks about the principles of heaving to, which is nothing more than stopping your boat in the water with the sails fully up, without making the boat create much forward motion. There are multiple reasons why you would want to heave to, and one is when the seas are ...more

How To : Coil a line in sailing

As you coil a rope, place a slight twist in the line to flatten the coils. Near the end of the line, wrap the line three times or more around the coils. Form a loop in the end of the line and pass it between the coils. Now you can either pass the end of the line through the lo ...more

How To : Tie a variation of the bowline knot for sailing

This is a home grown variant of the bowline, also useful for sailing. The bowline is tied in the standard manner in the bight of the rope. The running end is passed below the knot and follows the turn back around through the locking bend. The exiting loop can be used for lifti ...more

How To : Tie rope knots

Daniel Schieffelin shows us how to tie rope knots in this series of videos. Part 1 of 17 - How to Tie rope knots. Tie rope knots - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Tie rope knots - Part 3 of 17. Click through to watch this video on expertvil ...more

How To : Coil an attached rope with a knot tying animation

Learn how to coil an attached rope. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can learn how to coil an attached rope fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Coil an attached rope with a knot tying animation. Click ...more

How To : Perform the back and fill maneuver in sailing

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to perform the "back and fill" maneuver, also known as the pivot turn in sailing. This maneuver allows a boat to rotate into a tight channel, an extremely useful technique to know how to do.

How To : Pivot turn in sailing

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to pivot turn in sailing. Simply put the rudder hard over to the right and leave it there. Then let the momentum of the boat carry you.

How To : Apply a cleat hitch knot

A cleat hitch is used to attach a line to a horn cleat. It is often used to secure a boat to a docking platform. Apply a cleat hitch knot. Click through to watch this video on sailingcourse.com

How To : Sail

Today, sailing is usually done for leisure or pleasure rather than traveling or moving cargo. While shipping is still the most viable way of moving goods overseas, with the advent of the airplane, sailing has transformed from a necessity to a sport. Some people put their saili ...more

How To : Use sailboat basics

Learning how to sail isn't hard if you're near water, since chances are there will be a sailing school near you. Learn different components of a sail boat, how to raise a sail, and even how to sail against the wind with tips from this how-to video.

How To : Gybe or jibe when sailing

#1. Helmsman: "Get ready to gybe" The crew checks the sheets, secures the new working jib sheet and maintains tension on but uncleats the current working sheet. #2: Crew: "Ready". #3: Helmsman: "gybing" or "Jibe-Ho" The crew or helmsman begins to center the mainsail. This is v ...more

How To : Tie an anchor bend or fisherman's bend knot

A Fisherman's Bend is used to attach a line to a pole. It is sometimes called an anchor knot because it is also used to secure the rode to an anchor. Tie an anchor bend or fisherman's bend knot. Click through to watch this video on sailingcourse.com

How To : Tie rope bends

Knots and rope bends are two different things in that bends are a way to tie two ropes together so you can easily untie them. Learn dozens of easy rope bends in this free rope bend video series. Part 1 of 25 - How to Tie rope bends. Tie rope bends - Part 2 of 25. Click through ...more

How To : Flake the mainsail when sailing

Taking down the mainsail is also called flaking the mainsail over the boom. The mainsail is lowered and laid side to side over the top of the boom. Sail ties are then placed to secure the sail. The sailboat should be pointed into the wind or the mainsail will be blown off the ...more

How To : Tie a double sheet bend knot

Need to know how to tie a Double Sheet Bend? This is a more secure version of the standard sheet bend, and an excellent way of joining two ropes of equal or different diameter. He's using flex rope, but it's a generally good way of securing two lines together.

How To : Tie a rope knot

Learn how to tie essential knots for any camping, hiking or sailing trip in this free outdoors video clip series. Tie a rope knot - Part 1 of 19. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Tie a rope knot - Part 2 of 19. Click through to watch this video on expertv ...more

How To : Roller furl the jib when sailing

This video shows roller furling of a jib in 5 knots of wind. Mild tensing is kept on the jib's sheet to enable the jib to warp tightly around the headstay. In high wind conditions, this is best done in a deep running reach. The mainsail will tend to shield the jib from the win ...more

How To : Sail a boat

Sailing is a popular pastime in the coastal areas around the world. It is a skillful hobby where a person controls the motion of a sailboat in a race, on a cruise, or on a day sailing course. Maneuvering the sailboat can be tricky and movement is controlled by arranging sails ...more

How To : Dock your boat

Graphical animations show you to dock twin screw and single screw vessels. Additional tips for all skippers who face the stomach churning tasks of bringing their pride and joy into dock. Dock your boat. Click through to watch this video on vat19.com

How To : Sail a sailboat

Sailing is a popular pastime in the coastal areas around the world. It is a skillful hobby where a person controls the motion of a sailboat in a race, on a cruise, or on a day sailing course. Maneuvering the sailboat can be tricky and movement is controlled by arranging sails ...more

How To : Tie a rope knot

Learn how to tie essential knots for any camping, hiking or sailing trip in this free outdoors video clip series. Part 1 of 45 - How to Tie a rope knot. Tie a rope knot - Part 2 of 45. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Tie a rope knot - Part 3 of 45. Click ...more

How To : Sail a sailboat

Learn how to sail, how to read charts and more with expert boating tips in this free video series on sailing. Part 1 of 51 - How to Sail a sailboat. Sail a sailboat - Part 2 of 51. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Sail a sailboat - Part 3 of 51. Click thr ...more

How To : Use In-boom Furling

Sailor John Kretschmer demonstrates how to use the Forespar Leisurefurl in-boom furling system to simplify mainsail handling.

How To : Gybe or jibe while sailing

In a jibe, the the stern of the boat is passed through the wind. both the mainsail and the jib have to be adjusted. Ideally, this maneuver is performed by three sailors, a helmsman and one working each sail. The mainsail is first centered at the beginning of the turn. As the s ...more

How To : Operate a windless for your boat anchor

Learn about different types of windless. Help you determine which one is right for your boat and how to use them. Operate a windless for your boat anchor. Click through to watch this video on vat19.com

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