What’s the difference between a Knot and a Knot?

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What’s the difference between a Knot and a Knot?

 

Both “knots” are a big part of the sailing world! Do you like getting into boats and gliding across the water? If so, you’ve probably crossed paths with both kinds of “knots”.

So, what’s the deal? They look like the same word. They sound like the same word. But, they are two very different things!

The first “knot” is a sailing term that was coined hundreds of years ago. A knot is a way to measure how fast a ship is travelling on the ocean or how fast a boat is going on a river. A knot is one nautical mile per hour, or a little more than one mile per hour. Next time you’re on a boat, you’ll be able to recognize and impress your friends by telling them that one nautical mile is 6076 feet!

What’s the other kind of knot? This one you have definitely come across. Whether it’s tying your shoelace, or tying a bow on a gift, you probably use these sorts of knots EVERYDAY! Here’s a quick video that shows 7 kinds of Knots:

If you’re going to go outdoors and have fun adventures with your friends, you should be smart and learn a couple knots. You never know when they’ll come in handy!

Here are some great resources about knots:

Andy Camper’s All About Knots
Boatsafe Knots

What’s your most powerful knot?

 

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