Interactive right of way course: http://www.sailingusa.info/rules_of_road/rulesofroad.html
A good site with knot instructions: Animated Knots by Grog
It is suggested you learn, as a minimum, the bowline, figure of 8, and cleat hitch
Whipping is used to prevent the ends of ropes from fraying.
It lasts longer than heat sealing synthetic ropes.
A site with whipping instructions: http://e-nekton.com/archive/edition5/whipping.html
|Class 1 3-Strand Eye Splice?|
|Class 1 Double Braid Eye Splice?|
|Class 2 Double Braid Eye Splice?|
More splicing instructions available at http://www.samsonrope.com