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Re: Eye splice in double braid

Originally Posted by flyingwelshman View Post
Earlier on pdqaltair made some great arguments against splicing and promoted the bowline.

I just wanted to try the splice. But so far I wouldn't call it 'fun'.

Of course, I was half joking about bowlines; there are often better choices:
* Jib sheets are cow hitched.
* Halyards with... halyard knot.
* The front loops on my jacklines and bridle are spliced. I was bored, I guess.

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Re: Eye splice in double braid

I spliced my new VPC halyards and my Sta-Set sheets. Practiced first by splicing line on to all my fenders. One thing that makes it easier to milk in the end of the splice is to POUND THE CRAP out of the thickened line w/ a rubber mallet! Or some large, hard object. Basically get all the fibers to soften and orient themselves in the least twisted up way so the whole mess will slide in to place.
I got two of my VPC core to core splices to bury the cover, the other two I ended up tacking down and wrapping.

AMSTEEL is great and the brummel is easy to do, especially if you use both ends to make the brummel. I'm splicing 1/8" for lazy jacks; a bit tricky b/c it's so thin. What I found works is to pass a splicing wand down the body of the line from the place you want the tail to exit and then butt the piece you want to bury to the end and tape into place. Then just withdraw the wand and VOILA! Pull out the tail, taper and milk it home.
You definitely want to lockstitch AMSTEEL though.

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Re: Eye splice in double braid

Another great thing about 12 strand is that any short pieces can be used to make soft shackles. The diamond knot is difficult but worth learning. Also, one helpful thing to do is to go a few inches past the specified final exit point on any of the 12 strand splices so that the tail is assured to pull in. +1 on sewing. It stops any possibility of slippage when NOT under tension.

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