Every mariner worth his or her salt has a few knots committed to memory. The Essential Knot Book for Boats, by Colin Jarman — an avid sailor who’s a professional marine photographer — can be an indispensable tool for those times when the memory fails (International Marine, $14 paperback, www.InternationalMarine.com). Now in its fourth edition, the book stands out with its blend of colorful diagrams and vivid photos of finished knots, bends, hitches, whippings and splices (44 in all). You also get dos and don’ts, information about rope materials and their properties, and suggestions about what’s best for the task.
August 2014 issue