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Knothing But Knots!

  • Jul 23, 2014 · 6:00 PM

The latest in our recent skills series, this highly useful meetup is for those who wish to learn a set of the most important knots for managing kayaks and other boats.  Not for those who already collect knots and are looking to add more esoteric bends to their list, or otherwise distract and challenge the instructors.  ;-) If you already know a few on the list (see below), don't worry, you can still come, learn some new ones, and enjoy the pizza & beer.

We'll start by arguing over what kind of toppings we want on our order-in pizza. (We will include a gluten-free option.) (BYOBeer or other beverage of your choice.)  Once the order is placed, we will proceed with a series of knots.  

This will be a self-paced workshop, with you taking as much time as you need to master one knot before progressing to the next one.  The important thing is to stop adding knots BEFORE they run together and you forget them all.  Application will be a key component of the workshop, and we'll have a kayak in the room, plus other props to simulate live situations.  Our list of knots will include:

• Bowline

• Taught-line hitch

• Clove hitch

• Rolling hitch

• Constrictor knot

• Sheet bend

• Cleating

• Hanking a line (2 methods)

Again, it's not expected that you learn all of these in this session.  It's best to learn a few well enough that you won't forget them and can start applying them.  Then add more later once those are solid.

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  • Phyllis

    Thanks for the comments and feedback both here online and on your way out Wednesday. Everyone was very accommodating as we trialled our first Knots session. I gave myself 4 stars for good effort. There are adjustments to be made based on the experience for our next one. If you will please indulge me in this process I will be sending you a survey soon to get the kind of detailed feedback we need to make our best improvements. Thanks for coming and making it a good time! - Phyllis

    July 25, 2014

  • Jody B

    That was so much fun tying up your piano, chandelier, cupboards, and chairs. I really liked learning about the different kinds of rope and I'm glad that you kept it to a few really useful knots. Great demonstration of the knot applications

    1 · July 24, 2014

    • Chris

      Yes, I really loved the addition of Mike's discussion of rope types too. :)

      July 24, 2014

  • Christina

    Thank you, Phyllis, for hosting this event and providing the education and materials for practice. Co-instructors Mike and Martin were very helpful. A fun and educational evening!

    July 24, 2014

  • Chris

    Awesome meetup! Learned so much and need to practice to keep it fresh. Thank you so much for this class!!!! Loved meeting all the new people too.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • bjhedahl

    Sorry, too tired from working 3 am shift.... just got home. Maybe next time! Zzzz.

    July 23, 2014

  • marcy s.

    my plus one will not be making it, if you want to pull someone up from waiting list. Sorry for late notice something came up.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Sounds fun. Can we learn how to tie a one handed bowline?

    July 13, 2014

    • Phyllis

      Advanced students only. And since you are one of my co-instructors... ;-)

      July 13, 2014

    • Martin

      Yeah I wanna know this too!

      July 23, 2014

  • Debbie

    Looks like lots of interest here. I'll watch my inbox, please let me know if space opens up!

    July 22, 2014

    • Phyllis

      Hi Debbie. If you don't make it in this one, stay tuned because I plan to offer it again, given the size of the wait list and level of interest. :-)

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Phyllis

    In response to comment by Ilene and email question from Chris: I will supply plenty of rope for our knot-tying. But you are welcome to bring any, especially if you already have a bow/stern line or other line you are using with your boat. That just adds another level of "real world" for you, and provides an opportunity for us to discuss benefits of different types/materials/weights of rope.

    July 21, 2014

  • Gayle

    Opening a space - can't make it from Auburn...
    Sorry to miss it.

    July 21, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Okay, that's a long waiting list. I think 31 is just a bit much for my wee living room. So I will plan to offer this a second time - call it Knots 101 if you like. I might even offer a Knots 201 session if there is enough interest in building on the learning in this first session. I will look for feedback on that idea. My address will be released tomorrow via email. Again, make sure your address is updated. :-) - Phyllis

    July 20, 2014

  • ann

    I need a brusher upper as I am taking my sailing test soon. Plus - I'd love to meet you guys. My heart is with kayaking.

    July 17, 2014

  • Phyllis

    FYI to Waitlisters: Depending on how long that list gets I might let you in. I've got two assistant instructors. It might get cozy in here but we can break into rooms if necessary. Stay tooned. :-)

    July 16, 2014

  • Phyllis

    I'm going to email everyone on Monday the address for my place, so make sure your email address is updated with Meetup. Also, since the meetup is full, please do update your RSVP if your plans change so others can join. I think you will love what these knots can do for you when you are kayaking and camping.

    July 14, 2014

  • Betty H.

    Sure would like to participate but have another commitment on the 23rd. Would be very interested if this topic is offered again. If still looking for a location, would suggest Lyon Creek Waterfront Park, which is not far from Log Boom Park, has a good deal of grassy sitting space and room for a kayak; and it is usually quiet with few distractions.
    http://cityoflfp.com/index.aspx?nid=306

    July 12, 2014

    • Phyllis

      I could see doing this again if the interest is there. Thanks for the tip on the Lyon Creek Waterfront Park venue. Never been there. We'll do this one at my house, but could see using a park another time.

      July 12, 2014

  • Christina

    Great idea!

    July 12, 2014

  • Gayle

    I'd like to come, but it depends on the location.

    July 12, 2014

    • Phyllis

      It will be in Shoreline.

      July 12, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Please notice the start time is 6:00, not 8:00 as in the original email announcement.

    July 12, 2014

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