Bosun is a bit tied up

Thursday, May 03 - 2012

The last original knot may have been invented over 30 years ago, but one V.Ships' seafarer is proof that if at first you don't succeed, tie, tie again.

Bosun Georgijs Klimovics has his place in the history books after inventing and patenting his own knot.

The 52-year old Latvian created the 'Klimovichs' bowline knot' , which is the first since the Hunter's Bend - or Riga's bend - created by Englishman Dr Edward Hunter back in 1978.

And the man from Riga is thrilled his invention can join the likes of the Reef and the Granny, especially since he had been told it would be an unachievable task.

He said: "I've been at sea for more than 30 years, and during that time, I've been studying and making knots for both demonstration and young seafarers' training. For me, it's a hobby that has grown into a flaming passion.

"I have read many times that it's almost impossible to invent a new knot, and that is why I decided to set myself the challenge to create one."

Knots have been used for thousands of years to fasten and tie objects together - and have always been particularly important in terms of shipping.

And after registering the authorship rights with his home country's patent office, Georgijs' version has become the latest to be added to the list.

He said: "The secret of a good knot is, firstly, it must be tied quickly and, secondly, it must be untied quickly. At the same time, a knot must be quite safe in order not to get untied spontaneously because incorrectly tied knots can be very dangerous.

"My knot is safe and anyone can tie and untie it easily."