Folkboat M26 "Sundancer"
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I had the bluemoment article type splice on my anchor for about a year and it held us without a hitch through some pretty tough conditions. It's certainly an easy splice to do and it doesn't catch on anything like thimbles or shackles do. I've heard (but have no proof) that this splice was originally used for splicing rope to chain in the rigging of square riggers.
Only problem I found with it is that it did chafe quite a bit. This seemed to be because that last foot or so of chain lays on the bottom but also moves around quite a bit as the boat moves. As the chain moves, it rubs the rope across the bottom. The bottoms we get around here tend to be mostly mud with mixed in stones, sea shells, general crud, that can be quite abrasive on rope.
Still, it wasn't really an issue because the splice can be examined every time it goes in or comes out. I've now gone to the backsplice over the last link method just to see how it compares. Early days yet so nothing really to report.