Capt. Lindsay Philpott




Captain Lindsay Philpott, The Knot Guy Entertains & Educates

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Capt. Lindsay Philpott is known as The Knot Guy. Well versed seafaring vessels, he capably speaks about  the basic types of knots used in the maritime field and their historical application.

As a founder and current president of the Pacific Americas Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, Capt. Philpott, authored the book, Knots A Complete Guide. The organization was founded in 1982  for the advancement of the study and practice of the art, craft and science of knotting, past and present.


An exceptional speaker, particularly in his area of passion—knotting and rigging, Philpott regularly teaches in Southern California, as well as using his voice to sing sea shanties. 


Known by his students as a master of the rope, he teaches people studying for their Captain’s licenses the full requirements from navigation and weather prediction, to Rules of the Road and his specialty, marlinespike seamanship and rigging.

Whenever he sails, he is frequently seen teaching children and adults how to tie a Monkey’s Fist or a Turk’s Head.

Capt. Philpott holds a 100-ton license from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Master/Mate and regularly sails with tall ships and is second mate aboard the brig “Pilgrim” in Dana Point and has been the Chief Rigger in Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Topsail program.


Others who have heard him sing are surprised to discover this delightful entertainer or shanty man, is so accomplished in the nautical world. Philpott frequently performs on the last Friday of the month at The Whale and Ale British Restaurant and Pub, singing sea shanties doors away from the Maritime Research Center, at 327 W. Seventh St.



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