Top Knots


Top Knots provides you with a clear reference manual whether you are an experienced rope and line user or a novice who is just beginning to develop your expertise. The book provides step-by-step, easy-tie guides to the best and most popular knots from sailing, climbing, fishing, camping, and everyday situations to decorative rope work.

The book opens with all you need to know for selecting, caring for, and storing a variety of rope types. The core section of the book features a ’hands-on’ directory, using clear steps and photographs to describe the formation of the knots. Here you will find each knot listed by the practical qualities it has, including easy-to-tie, hold-fast, tethering, sliding, and fishing knots.

Experienced rope users will find some more advanced knots as well as a few decorative ones to interest them, while beginners can start with the most basic knots and progress to the more advanced as their knowledge and expertise grows.

About the Author

Colin Jarman

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Colin Jarman

Colin Jarman has sailed for nearly 40 years and been a writer and photographer for 30. Started as a staff writer on "Motor Boat" and "Yachting" magazine, then spent eight years as Features Editor on "Yachting Monthly" before freelancing for every major boating magazine in the world. He has written nine books on various aspects of sailing and seamanship, of which two have been top-selling books on ropes and ropework.