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Splicing Double-braid

In the process of replacing the running rigging on Cirrus and had the need for an eyesplice in the end of the sheet for my self-tacking jib. I used the instructions that came with the set of fids I purchased. I practiced a couple of times on some old rope before diving starting on my new Sta-set -- end result came out okay I think.

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In the process of replacing the running rigging on Cirrus and had the need for an eyesplice in the end of the sheet for my self-tacking jib. I used the instructions that came with the set of fids I purchased. I practiced a couple of times on some old rope before diving starting on my new Sta-set -- end result came out okay I think.

Ok indeed... What about a DIY post? And a contact to those fid dealers?
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Nice job! For others who want to give it a go, Knothead posted some excellent videos on splices on Youtube. Here's one for a double braid eye
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The fids are Selma brand, ordered them through West Marine. The youtube videos were handy as well, instructions with the fids were a bit lacking in some areas as far as HOW to do some of the things they said to do.
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Sailak,

Nice bit of splicing. If that was your first serious attempt you should feel pretty pleased with yourself.

Question...why do you shackle the sheet to the headsail ? I confess I don't like the practice, even a bowline is a tadge softer when it hits your head than a shackle. OTOH...does the fact its a self tacking jib make a difference in choosing a shackle over a bowline? I don't see why it would, just curious.
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Fis prices at west will definatly get your attention.marc
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Question...why do you shackle the sheet to the headsail ? I confess I don't like the practice, even a bowline is a tadge softer when it hits your head than a shackle. OTOH...does the fact its a self tacking jib make a difference in choosing a shackle over a bowline? I don't see why it would, just curious.
Partly because that's how it was. As I learn more I'm changing the way some of the things on the boat are done/rigged/etc.

The self-tacker has a large metal plate at the clew with multiple holes for sheet attachment. Some kind of shackle has to be used, it's not possible to tie the sheet thru the hole in the plate. If the sail starts flogging around a shackle will be the least of my worries.
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