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06-16-2012 03:33 PM
Re: Mooring lines

Pull really hard as you do the tucks and work the earlier tucks down to the working interface after each tuck. As long as you start the first tuck high enough into the eye the thimble will be locked in place.

If you have trouble after that I'll meet you at Davis' Pub during the Annapolis Boat Show and help you right at the bar. *grin* Seriously it isn't hard as long as you keep tugging every tug.
06-16-2012 01:56 PM
Re: Mooring lines

Get a thimble one size larger and jam it in there?
06-16-2012 01:23 PM
Re: Mooring lines

Here is a link I found on Google that will give you several alternatives:

I use the palm and needle whipping myself. When finished, I rub some wax over the entire whipping, even though I already used waxed twine, and then hold it over a flame for a few seconds so the wax melts evenly over the whipping. While not necessary, I think it gives some added protection against chafe and UV damage.
06-16-2012 08:28 AM
Re: Mooring lines

Thanks Heinzir. Do you have a link of a good seizing? I tried that with some waxed whipping I had..... couldn't seem to get it tight enough. Is there a constricting one I could use? In looking at the thimble I am reusing: where it comes together (throat?) seems wider than my other ones, and 3/8 wider than the stainless ones at West I was looking at. I think I might retire this thimble.
06-15-2012 10:21 PM
Re: Mooring lines

Put a seizing at the throat of the splice to cinch it up tight against the thimble.
06-11-2012 09:34 PM
Capt Len
Re: Mooring lines

The more skills you have, the easier it is to stand tall and proud down at the bar.
06-11-2012 04:24 PM
Re: Mooring lines

Originally Posted by SantaAna12 View Post
I live on a shackles and thimbles. A friend suggested tape initially to keep things tight. I think I might borrow a fid and try the tape method. Thanks for the replies.
That makes sense.
06-11-2012 04:16 PM
Re: Mooring lines

I live on a shackles and thimbles. A friend suggested tape initially to keep things tight. I think I might borrow a fid and try the tape method. Thanks for the replies.
06-11-2012 10:30 AM
Re: Mooring lines

jackdale's right, cheaper at the chandlery BUT if you gotta do it yourself go to Splicing Tools (fids, splicing wand, etc.) - Knot And Rope Supply Ltd. - I use the Selma ones with success
06-11-2012 09:56 AM
Re: Mooring lines

Rather than use a an eye slice, just use straight mooring lines. This will permit you to adjust you lines from the deck and the dock. And I am not sure why you would want to insert thimbles into a dock line.

If you really insist, the folks at the chandlery can probably do it faster for minimal charge. I know that doing your own splices is more "shippy."
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