If there's one knot you should know how to tie as a boater, especially if you plan on tying up your boat in a slip, it's the bowline. Considered essential for docking, towing, or sailing a boat, the bowline is a fiercely strong knot that's also easy to untie when the job is done. The knot is so handy you'll likely find many uses for it on land, too.

In this how-to video, we'll show you not only how to tie a bowline, but also demonstrate some uses for this handy "loop" knot. Watch the video, and then impress your fellow boaters with your new-found knot knowledge.

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Interested in learning how to tie additional knots? Read Knot Tying for Boaters: 5 Basic Knots.

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