Bow Line or Bowline, which is it?

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Posted by Ted on 22:24:35 06/22/03

Time to end the confusion.

Bowline is pronounced "Bow" (as in bowtie). It has two nautical meanings, none which are directly related to kayaks. Infact the the only correlation I can see in the use of the term for a kayak, has to do with it's use, with a drift chute.

Under the first definition the relation must be between the sail and the drift chute.

Under the second definition, there is no relation and it is obvious that a kayak bowline is not a knot.

To call it a bowline is an awkward adaptation when the kayak bowline is use as a Bow Line (pronounce as the bow on the front of your boat) for emergency assist, towing or dragging from the Bow and last, a point to attach a sea anchor or bottom anchor.

Either way everyone knows it has nothing to do with a knot and nothing to do with sailing, call it what you will I'll know what you are talking about.


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