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post #8 of Old 11-17-2009
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And knots will work too.

Originally Posted by QuickMick View Post
I am replacing the man/jib halyards on my boat. i found a place with great deal on 3/8" low stretch 4400 rated (w/30% safety factor)... 280' for 99$, however they wanted to charge 30$/splice so I declined figuring I would either knot it or splice myself. ive figured out that i need a splicing fid, but wondered how hard it is to do and if you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated.

Knots are easy to re-do as the line wears.

Loss in strength matters not, since you size halyards for stretch.

Splices can jam in halyard blocks.

I know how to splice, but often prefer knots where there is no strong reason not to. With halyards, I prefer the ease of cutting off a foot every year or 2. On the other hand, rope to chain requires a splice with a windlass. Spinnaker sheets snag less.

(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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