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Re: Splicing 3-strand line to double braid

I am trying to avoid purchasing 2 new mooring lines of the correct type and diameter (I'd go for 12-strand, it is easy to splice an eye and they are handier than 3-strand. The existing line has the advantage that I can use it on bad docks or in situations where I'd not want to risk my good dock lines; but it is heavy, particularly when wet, and hard to coil.

Two nights ago I took a temporary mooring ball at Nevis and at night the wind died down completely and the current spun me so that the mooring line had one wrap around the keel. In the morning a big of wind put me sideways to the mooring and my 3-strand had pressure on it and because of the cleat size I was unable to uncleat the line. I couldn't use the engine since I didn't know where the line under the boat was and in the end used another line, a rolling hitch, and my windlass with anchor chain detached to release pressure on the 3-strand so that I could uncleat it and release the line.

I like the Liros splice but as others have already posted to the thread each bend, splice and knot weakens the line so I shouldn't be cheap and get some appropriately sized mooring line.
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Re: Splicing 3-strand line to double braid

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.... Unfortunately, my two forward cleats are just a bit too small for these lines. I would like to splice on a section of smaller diameter, but stronger, of double braid to each end in order to make it possible to easily use my cleats.
Bigger cleats, if the line size is correct.

Sorry, but many makers have small cleat sickness.
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Re: Splicing 3-strand line to double braid

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Bigger cleats, if the line size is correct.

Sorry, but many makers have small cleat sickness.
That was my other thought, but it sounds like it would mean bigger chocks as well. And of course big backing plates.
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That was my other thought, but it sounds like it would mean bigger chocks as well. And of course big backing plates.
Yup.
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Re: Splicing 3-strand line to double braid

The cleats, all 6 of them, take over half the boat weight apiece (the boat, fully loaded, weighs 60,000 lbs) . They are beautiful forged stainless and the horns are long enough for the large line, just not high enough off the deck and replacing them with cleats that have more vertical clearance is going to cost a whole heck of a lot more than getting different line so I think I won't be pursuing the cleat option.
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