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Lavery, do you have a photo of the splice? 8" is probably longer than it really needs to be. If it's the tucked part of the splice that's jamming, that might indicate that the core or cover wasn't properly tapered before being tucked.
Instead of putting a knot in it, consider an eye splice and a shackle. The eyes on my halyards are about an inch in length, not counting the tucked part, which isn't much thicker than the unspliced line.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27