In 50 odd years of sailing I have been continually thwarted by my crew members knot tying limitations.
(a) they regard the bowline
as the universal panacea for making fast when, in reality the bowline is only reliable when the line is under constant strain.
The only hitch for fastening an anchor to chain, a painter to a dingy eyebolt, a mooring line to a ring, or similar, is the anchor bend
, though few know how to tie it.
© the only knot for use on reef ties is the reef knot
, though my crew go to exhaustive, and very creative, and time wasting, lengths to do something else. On the other hand it is less than useless for any other purpose.
(d) Instead of a sheet bend,
or double sheet bend
, they join two lines together using two bowlines (and then grin like Cheshire cats at the thought of their knot-tying prowess).
(d) The rolling hitch
would be my next pick but, try as I might, I have had limited success in promoting this most useful of hitches.