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09-20-2006 01:28 PM
Parley I just replaced my halyards with all line halyards. Doing so required splices on my new lines. I used spectra core line. This is "core dependant" line, or as Samson calls it, "Class II" line. I purchased the samson fids and followed their instructions for Class II line (downloaded from website). I have not done any splicing except for 3 strand twisted line way back in boy scout days. I now have beautiful new halyards with eye splice on one end, and back splice on the bitter end. I finished both off with color coded whipping. Don't forget to lock stitch your splices. It's easy, Go for it!

Oh, one more tip: If you are using core dependant line and rope clutches, you will want to lock stitch the area of line that will be "caught" by the rope clutch. This will keep the core from slipping while the cover is "caught" by the clutch.
09-16-2006 04:09 AM
Bill Mc
Splicing Double Braid

Avoid buying Fids and purchase a splicing wand and the instructional video by Brion Toss found at

Fair winds,
09-15-2006 08:18 PM
Eye splice

Try this site you can adjust the speed of the animation on quite a few knots including the eye splice.
09-10-2006 10:48 PM
sailingdog One other caveat... some of the newer high-tech lines, that have Spectra, kevlar, or dyneema cores may have different splicing instructions from standard double braided polyester. This is often due to the fact that the high-tech core materials are often slipperier than traditional dacron braids are.
09-09-2006 07:03 AM
SmartCaptain If you're splicing braided line, use the printed instructions that come with the fids you can buy from Sampson. Take your time, follow them step-by-step and you'll have no problem.

I followed instructions in the Brian Toss for splicing braid and didn't have as much success.

My two cents worh of opinion...

08-16-2006 08:17 AM
dave.verry You failed to mention if you wanted to spice double braid or twisted strand rope, but both “how to”s were given in the thread.

When splicing twisted strand rope (docklines), role the splice between the palms of your hands while pressing hard. This little trick will tighten the splice as you are doing it. I generally roll the splice about every 1/3 of the splice length. When completed roll the splice on the deck using you’re a flat sole shoe.
08-15-2006 09:39 PM
Nicco61 It's kind of dirty!
08-15-2006 06:17 PM
talesofthesevenseas Here is a terrific animation that is very easy to follow:
08-13-2006 02:34 PM
knuterikt Another good site with downloadable Splicing Instructions (pdf)

08-12-2003 10:34 AM
Eye-splicing lines...

There is a good book called The Marlin Spike Sailor that describes it in detail.
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