There are Knots and there are Knots!
As a unit of Speed the Knot has been around for a while.
Then there are Knots
If there is only one Knot you learn, let it be the Bowline. (Pronounced boh-linn) It is a corruption of the words "bow line." It referred to a line that ran from the bow of a ship to a square sail yard to keep it from inverting.
The easiest way to learn to tie a Bowline is to remember a story that involves a Rabbit, a Hole, and a Tree.
The fathom is a unit of depth measurment. It is 2 yards or 6 feet. The fathom is the distance between the fingertips of a sailor with outstreached arms.
The term fathom is derived from the Old English word faeom. A faeom was a pair of embracing arms or outstreached arms.
Go to Project Gallery to see how you can build items for your boat.