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Old 04-19-2013
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Re: Eye splice in double braid

With a bowline I can rig it in less time that it took to type the first 4 words, and I can move the line a few feet in a few years to spread the chafe.

I believe 80% of splices are just for fun and looks, while against function. Only if the line is very highly loaded, knotting unreliable (Amsteel) or when space is very tight (rare). Sometimes worse (jam in a block).

I think the only splice on my boat may be on the anchor rode.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber

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