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sandalwood20Speaking as a lifelong professional mariner and frequent small boat user, the square (or reef) knot is a VERY POOR choice for joining two lines together. In his definitive tome on knots, Clifford Ashley claimed that "misused reef knots have caused more deaths and injuries than all other knots combined".To join two lines of the same size, the sheet bend is probably the most common correct approach, and for lines of different size the carrick bend is a good choice.
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