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EBarnacle bowline vs. bow line in canal songs (40) RE: bowline vs. bow line in canal songs 19 Jul 19

If you look at a cargo net, it becomes clear that the netting hitch is the same as a bowline made up from two lines.

The reason the towline post on canal boats is near midships is that the further forward the post is, the greater the force drawing the bow toward the bank of the canal and the greater the effort the boatman has to exert to counteract this force. This also makes the mule work harder to pull the boat.

When I teach sailing, I make sure my students look at the water around the rudder. The water in front of the rudder builds up a "bow wave" and the water behind the rudder is at a slightly lower lever due to cavitation [turbulence] caused by negative pressure. If you have read any nautical novels, you have probably noted the instruction to "steer small." Now you know why.

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