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I am assuming you are looking to just splice in a quick release shackle into the end of your halyards. I used an oldschool book marlinspike sailor a while back to learn to do some splicing. I plan or relearning to do my upcoming projects. I am doing it to because I want to learn and develop a new skill, but for the effort it is probably cheaper to pay someone to do two splices. You should have most of the tools but will need a fid and maybe a pusher, as well as a few hours to learn and do it.
Both Samson and New England rope offer guides online.
Riggers Apprentice by Brion Toss
Or the Marlinspike Sailor
Will be a good sources.
Three strand like you'd use for docking was fairly easy. The double braid is harder. You should probably buy 20 extra feet to practice with before doing your halyards. Make a large eye splice to get a feel for it then make a smaller one before. If it looks right then move on to your halyards.
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