For beginners, this is an excellent place to start! Grab a piece of line and get to practicing. For those who are a little further along, this is a good time to put the rope behind your back and practice these knots until you know them inside and out. I am always amazed when I meet seasoned sailors who don’t have these basic knots down!
The Clove Hitch
This knot is frequently used for securing a vessel to a piling, post or pole. It is also commonly used for securing fenders to a railing along with many, many other uses.