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Lock-stitching eye splice in 3-strand nylon?

I can't seem to locate specific info on this, so I'm starting to guess a lock-stitch may be unnecessary. I'm creating a bridle for a drogue using 50' of 5/8" 3-strand nylon and placing thimbles in the ends. I've completed them, but I'm wondering if a lock-stitch is needed. The thimbles are fairly tight, so I'm not worried about them falling out. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

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Re: Lock-stitching eye splice in 3-strand nylon?

Even though it isn't needed, I'd put one in anyway since this is a storm drogue meant for extreme conditions. I made a Jordan series drogue and used double-braided line and stainless eyes and still stitched it despite having put in good splices.

The tapered ends of the 3-strand should be left to stand a bit proud until some tension has been put onto the line and the splice stretched to the final length, then can be cut off flush (and whipped for good measure).


Lockstitch and whipping around drogue thimble
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Re: Lock-stitching eye splice in 3-strand nylon?

It never hurts to put in lock stitches. But I would suggest that a good tight seizing right up against the thimble would be a more effective safety measure.
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Re: Lock-stitching eye splice in 3-strand nylon?

Thank you, Zanshin- I think I'll leave those details for later. We're going to try it out this Saturday just for functionality, then I'll lock-stitch the throats and whip 'em good!
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Re: Lock-stitching eye splice in 3-strand nylon?

For a drogue or anchor rode, I hope you're using heavy-duty thimbles of this type...




as opposed to the standard style...





Agree with the others, you can't go wrong with both lock-stitching, and seizing...
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