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SantaAna12 06-11-2012 09:59 AM

Mooring lines
 
It is time to replace my mooring lines. Although I can manage an eye splice, I cannot seem to get my thimbles tight enough not to slip and rotate. I searched and found the hot water trick.....worked but not enough. A friend suggested I start using a fid. Went to West.....the one they had used a wobbly plastic insert that made me want to look for another. I searched "fid": no hits. Looking for a fid suggestion, and schooling on how to get the thimbles tight.

jackdale 06-11-2012 10:56 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."

rugosa 06-11-2012 11:30 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

SantaAna12 06-11-2012 05:16 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
I live on a mooring....so 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.

jackdale 06-11-2012 05:24 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SantaAna12 (Post 883408)
I live on a mooring....so 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.

Capt Len 06-11-2012 10:34 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
The more skills you have, the easier it is to stand tall and proud down at the bar.

heinzir 06-15-2012 11:21 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
Put a seizing at the throat of the splice to cinch it up tight against the thimble.

SantaAna12 06-16-2012 09:28 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.

heinzir 06-16-2012 02:23 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
Here is a link I found on Google that will give you several alternatives:
http://www.sccheadquarters.com/UserD...20Splicing.pdf

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.

jaschrumpf 06-16-2012 02:56 PM

Re: Mooring lines
 
Get a thimble one size larger and jam it in there?


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