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This seems like it would be the easiest. (Minus the knots) Any reference material on this?
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Re: Attach Rope to Becket?

I like to splice . I learned how to do it from the site the coastal passage . The one they call the Pro splice is the one I can understand . Hint, start out with new Sta- Set . Not Sta- Set X .
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Re: Attach Rope to Becket?

What are you trying to connect? Do you have a picture or drawing?

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What are you trying to connect? Do you have a picture or drawing?
It will be the far end of my main sheet. It starts at the block with becket at the end of the boom.
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Re: Attach Rope to Becket?

A splice is nice, but a knot will work just as well.

As long as the blocks aren't right on top of each other, there shouldn't be an issue either way.

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Learn how to splice and do it properly, takes up less space than a knot and once you've done it a few times it's pretty straightforward, will only take you 10 minutes and you'll end up with a much better and nicer looking result.
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A splice is far longer than a knot, every time.

Splices can jam in blocks (fatter than rope, bad if it happens at the masthead).

You can cut off a knot and refresh wear spots. Can't do that with a splice (can't splice old line).

You can untie the knot, remove twist from the line, and re-tie the line.

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There are good places for splices--even more so for 3-strand which doesn't knot as well--but most splices are for looks and not function.

Docklines--a knot often is the way of the chocks or something similar.
Chain--to rope--a knot won't pass the windlass.
Bridles--Often 3-strad (more stretch) and like dock lines.
Amsteel or similar--doesn't knot for beans.
Decorative stuff.

And I can't think of any others that truly matter.

As for sewing/seizing, any book on traditional marlinspike skill will cover it. Fully rigged (old) ships were full of seizings. Protection from sun and chafe can be a problem, but clearly the old timers thought is was sometimes--often--the best answer. Of course, doing it properly isn't really faster than splicing new line, but it often beats splicing old line.

Yes, I know how to splice, can do it quickly and even enjoy it. And I know when it's dumb.

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Re: Attach Rope to Becket?

A splice is longer but narrower than a knot, so for this particular application where the two blocks are never going to be close together (unless something is seriously wrong!), but you do want the line to run nicely between them as the lines are likely to be running quite close together, a splice is still the best solution IMHO, but whatever, the PO can do whatever he likes, his boat

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