Sailors Knots: Stopper Knots

Stopper knots are placed near the free end of a line. Their main purpose is to prevent the free end of a line from running through a block or clutch. They act as a brake of sorts to save the day if the wind catches a sail and, when you least expect it, an unsecured line is pulled free and is about to fly through a block or clutch.

Useful stopper knots include the figure eight and the intermediate knots. The Stevedore knot, a couple of extra half twists after a basic figure eight, is a large knot that can be used for lines that run through large blocks. I find it “too large” for utility on Skiron so I won’t demonstrate it here.

The Figure Eight Knot
The Intermediate Knot

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