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Basic Knots

Figure Eight

A figure eight knot is very quick and easy to tie. It is used like the overhand knot, as a stopper knot in the end of a line, or sheet, to prevent ropes from escaping. It can also be used to attach rope halyards, to the sails. It never jams, however much pressure is applied, and can be untied easily, even if wet.

To tie a figure-8, start with an underhand loop by crossing the running end behind the standing part. Then take the running end and bring it over the standing part and back around through the loop from beneath. Draw the end up snugly.

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