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04-21-2013 07:19 AM
smurphny
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.
04-20-2013 10:53 PM
sailordave
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.
04-20-2013 08:58 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Eye splice in double braid

Quote:
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.
04-20-2013 08:42 PM
Quickstep192
Re: Eye splice in double braid

A guy I used to sail with gave me the tip of using K-Y lubricant jelly to help when milking the core into the cover. Although I wondered if it would leave the splice too slippery, it seems to rinse out fairly easily after the splice is complete.

The best part is telling the clerk at the store that you're buying the K-Y for splicing.
04-20-2013 08:09 PM
jfdubu
Re: Eye splice in double braid

I love it.The videos are great. I've had great succes w/core-core splice but not cover/cover Thats next. Great post!
04-20-2013 12:53 PM
Markwesti
Re: Eye splice in double braid

I like the Pro Splice from TCP
04-20-2013 11:41 AM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Eye splice in double braid

The bowline reins superior! I live by it! Put my life on the line,daily...Dale
04-20-2013 11:24 AM
MedSailor
Re: Eye splice in double braid

Quote:
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'.
Yeah, but really, what does THAT guy know about rope?

MedSailor
04-20-2013 11:15 AM
flyingwelshman
Re: Eye splice in double braid

Quote:
Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
What you can't tie a bowline in double braid?


Actually I'm following this thread with interest. Splicing is an area that I know next to nothing about, but would like to.

MedSailor
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'.
04-20-2013 11:05 AM
MedSailor
Re: Eye splice in double braid

What you can't tie a bowline in double braid?


Actually I'm following this thread with interest. Splicing is an area that I know next to nothing about, but would like to.

MedSailor
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