Knots - Bowline
John M. Nolan (SEADART@worldnet.att.net)
Fri, 09 May 1997 15:10:02 -0700
I have been in Sea Scouting/Sea Exploring, Skipper for 35 years and I
have seen the changes of line/rope materials have changed. There are
manila, nylon, dacron, and polyethylene lines.. I have found most all
knots work well in all the materials except polyethylene lines. We use
many knots but, the bowline is used the most.
I have found that the "bowline" will not hold together well in
polyethylene lines. So I have made a slight change in the "bowline"
knot just for polyethylene lines and I call it, when teaching the knot
the 'Nolan Bowline", as the youth in my Ship needed to know a name for
This is how the knot is made: As we teach it, the rabbit comes out of
the hole and goes around the tree two times (instead of once) and then
back into the hole, must make the knot firm and it will not work out of
polyethylene lines. Now shake the line and you will see the difference,
the regular "bowline" will work itself loose. Now try the same shaking
with the "Nolan Bowline".
Would be gald to hear any comments.
John M. Nolan, Skipper
Sea Dart II, Ship #228
Elizabeth, New Jersey/U.S.A.