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Actually a Seizing is almost as strong as a sweging or a splice.
To seize two lines together is an time honor method of making an eye or finishing off a bitter end to the standing part of a line.
But it takes skill that the average sailboater don't have. It requires either an old time rigger or Boatswain to apply one where it is needed.
I've made and used the seizings many times where a knot, hitch or splice just wouldn't just look right or just won't do. Don't worry the seizing held.
It is an art under some situations you may need to use up to four or more seizings. Usually on stays & shrouds of made old school.
Oh it may look like a whipping, but I asure you it is not a whipping.
And splicing used double braid is not always possible.
(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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