The bowline is the quintessential knot for sailors and should be in every repertoire. It is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. The bowline is sometimes referred to as the King of the knots because of its importance and multiple uses.
Check this month’s article on Towing, another important use of the bowline.