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Basic Knots

Overhand or thumb knot

Overhand or thumb knot, is the simplest knot. It is used to stop the end of a rope from running through a block or up the mast.

It is difficult to untie, and should only be used on lines that are not re-rigged frequently (such as jib sheets)

To tie an overhand knot, form an overhand loop by crossing the running end over the standing part. Then cross the running end behind the standing part, and through the loop.

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