This rapid guide covers all the most useful knots for maritime application. However much new technology is added to boats, rope continues to be an essential material and the use of knots to attach it to a range of subjects continues to be one of the basic but essential skills of seamanship. Most seaman rapidly learn how to tie a small selection of knots and rapidly develop favoured knots which they can tie blindfold. They soon forgot the huge range of alternatives. This guide has selected ten important knots, and the use of whipping. A high standard of illustration and the use of full colour makes this a very easy reference to use, even under extreme conditions. Each stage of tying each knot is illustrated, together with illustrations of common mistakes. The primary use for the knot is indicated, together with its strengths and weaknesses.