Who made that weird-sounding knot?
Where would you put something you like to look at?
Somewhere it's not going to be exposed to the elements.
The poster below-deck might deserve a closer look.
Now, is there anywhere you haven't explored in the boat's lower decks?
You can click to interact while inspecting an object closely like this.
The locked door? Yes, who would be responsible for the keys?
The ship's captain, Butthair Pete.
The only thing in this room is a suspicious barrel. Do you remember what Knot Joe told you?
Maybe you have something in your inventory that can help?
Don't forget that
You can press TAB to use some items.
Do you remember Knot Joe's description of the knot? If not, you can talk to him again to hear it.
You can use the arrows on the left and right to spin the barrel and paper independently.
Knot Joe uses this paper and barrel to remember knot names - what little tricks is he using to remember better?
Part 1 of solution:
Remember the name that the paper lines up with, and go impress Knot Joe!
Line a symbol from the barrel up with a symbol from the paper. The symbols should match something from Joe's knot description.
Look for a word that matches Knot Joe's description.
Then you either settled on the wrong name, or Knot Joe changed his description. Try, try again!