|A Loosely Tied Bowline|
To tie a bowline, use the working end (the "active" end of the line) to make a loop (landlubbers can think of this as a rabbit hole). Bring the working end (let's now call that the rabbit) out of his hole, around the back of the standing end (the longer section of the line; we'll call that the tree), and back down the rabbit hole.
Capt. Rob says he can tell you are a seasoned sailor if you can tie a bowline without moving your lips!
The bowline is a great knot to know. It can be used in so many ways. Go ahead...try it.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of our island Post Office. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042113.htm.