Marine News from the Great Lakes

From Six To Ninety-Six, Tying The Boat Can Be Easy For All Ages

Published: Friday, July 19, 2019

SwiftKnot is one of this summer’s hottest new boating must-haves! Luckily, SwiftKnot’s owners, Shawn and Laura Jo Roberts, sat down and brought us up to date on what it’s all about.

First, tell me, what is the SwiftKnot?

Laura Jo: The SwiftKnot is a TEMPORARY docking device that helps take the stress out of coming to shore. The SwiftKnot replaces the need to use a cleat hitch for those who aren’t proficient at tying knots, for those with disabilities, or for those who just love a good “short cut”! We have had customers as young as six and as old as 96 use our device with success and ease. It was designed to get the whole family involved so that everyone on your boat can be a “first mate”.

How does it work?

Shawn: The SwiftKnot is threaded onto your dock line one time and then is ready to go every time you need it. The device forms a loop with your line. This loop is then placed over the cleat or around your piling and is secured in place via our locking jaw.

What size boats are best for the SwiftKnot?

Shawn: SwiftKnots come in TWO SIZES. Our ORIGINAL SwiftKnot is a universal solution for boats up to 50’ in length. It accepts dock line from 3/8” to ¾”. However, after much demand from our customers, we now offer the Swiftknot MINI for boats 30’ and below, as it only accepts 3/8” and ½” line and is half the size of the ORIGINAL.

I hear the SwiftKnot can be used in other applications. Is that right?

Laura Jo: YES! Believe it or not, the SwiftKnot MINI has become one of our best sellers because it is now being used as a fender-adjuster. It sits right on top of the eyelet-style fender and serves as an adjusting device to easily raise and lower your fender to your desired level.

So, how do you get one?

Laura Jo: Check us out online at or connect with us directly at [email protected]. You can even use the discount code “SCUTTLEBUTT” to take advantage of our special Great Lakes Scuttlebutt promotion of 20% off your order!


This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Accessories, Do It Yourself (DIY)

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