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Notes on Splicing double Braid

I believe that Andy Wall's video on making an eye splice is the best out there.

But he's splicing Nylon, and most of us will be dealing with double braid polyester. Here are some crib notes for mortals who only splice line every few years.

Is it worth it? Defender gets $18 for every eye splice--$20 for 1/2" line and larger.

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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

As I have come to expect, another great post!

I used this video (and a couple of others) to help me build a set of lazy jacks; 8 splices in ¼" line in total. By the end, I could complete one in 10 minuites. The step that the video does not mention is to put a blind stich (or four) to lock the splice permanently.

Since then, I have spliced halyards, and traveller control lines with success (well, good enough for me ).

And yes, I used hollow fids and blue masking tape.
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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

I used the same video, great tutorial from NER...
for those who wanted the link to the actual video...
and I used the same thing on VPC (my halyards).




Then I got fancy and did my cascaded backstay adjuster, using amsteel... looks like NER is also to the rescue with a how to.
http://www.neropes.com/Splicing%20Gu...0_Brummell.pdf

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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

This is very timely. Last night I was trying to put an eye in some 7/16" Yale ULS. It has a 24 weave outer cover which can be tricky to get the fid through.

It took me 4 goes to get right. After the third go, I'd have gladly paid anyone $20 to do it for me. But now there is a certain satisfaction to having got it done.

I anticipated a learning curve, so ordered the line 10ft over the required length! Good thing too, as I used at least that for the 4 eye splices.

I found a good trick at the end, when pulling the core. I put the loop that is tied in the line, at the start, around the hitch ball of my car. Gives you something solid to pull against.

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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

Several years ago, I discovered a quick, easy method of splicing braid from a rigger at Tidewater Marina. I posted a YouTube link to the video of this technique, but for the life of me I cannot seem to find it again. The method was so simple I couldn't believe it.

Essentially, it was just a matter of removing a segment of the core, then using a wire loop, fishing the outer braid through the inside and sewing some locking stitches to hold everything in place. Very, very strong, and it only takes about 60 seconds to make a great looking eye splice in braided line.

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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

When doing my lazy-jacks, I used the Bowmar 16 winch on the mast as a fixed point to snap the splice. On the last snap, of the last line, the black ring that forms the outer limit of the drum of the winch snapped off, bounced once on the deck, and plopped in the water...


Now the money that I saved by doing it myself was re-invested in a pair of new Andersen 16 winches...
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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

I spent the $20 that I saved by doing the splice myself, on the extra 10ft of rope that I ordered to allow for my learning to splice.

Never mind, in another 5 years time, when I need another main sheet, I'll be quids in!
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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

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I used the same video, great tutorial from NER... splicing double braid - YouTube for those who wanted the link to the actual video...
and I used the same thing on VPC (my halyards).
Note that NER recommends a core-to-core splice for VPC, not a basic double braid splice.
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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

When I bought the boat, I purchased a spool of 1/2" double braid and did about 20 splices. By the forth or so it was a breeze.
2 years later out comes Sailing Illustrated and things went OK for that splice. 2 years later another one. I almost wish I could do 2 or 3 a month to keep the skill, but if I had to do that I guess my splices weren't very good.
The absolute worst was splicing eyes in our well used jib sheets. Taught me to do the splices in new line and not wait.

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Re: Notes on Splicing double Braid

Here's a question. When I have nearly finished the splice, and I start to draw the eye down towards its final size, every time I seem to end up with the cover longer than the core, so the cover starts bunching up. What is the reason for this, and how do I avoid it?

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