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Splicing plait line to anchor chain

Who do you go to splice a plaited rope to an anchor chain? Mine is showing signs of wear, and I'd like to flip it end to end. I realize that I should probably tackle it myself, but my 3 strand splices aren't that neat, and this has to go through the windlass. What's the cost for this (roughly)?
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Who do you go to splice a plaited rope to an anchor chain? Mine is showing signs of wear, and I'd like to flip it end to end. I realize that I should probably tackle it myself, but my 3 strand splices aren't that neat, and this has to go through the windlass. What's the cost for this (roughly)?
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Go to yourself for something like this.
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You know you want and need to do it.
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Splices are more easily done when you are barefoot....
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Go to yourself for something like this.
You'll be glad you did...in the end.
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Follow RichH link...and do it...for you, the sailor.
Splices are more easily done when you are barefoot....
Neat is not vital.

What is important is that it is long enough, tapered, and not too tight (too tight will be fat and stiff).

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Re: Splicing plait line to anchor chain

Neatness is important in that the splice has to go through the windlass.

My first thought was that if I tried the splice and it was unsatisfactory, I'd be without an anchor or at least one that could be brought in mechanically. It occurred to me that I could try the splice through the next to last link in the chain using the bitter end of the line (which I would want to use in any case). If it looks good, I'd cut off the last link of chain. If not, I'd cut out the new splice and be no worse off than I am now. This would all depend on the unlikely possibility that there is room in the link.

Back to original question. Who does one call to do splices?

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Neatness is important in that the splice has to go through the windlass.

My first thought was that if I tried the splice and it was unsatisfactory, I'd be without an anchor or at least one that could be brought in mechanically. It occurred to me that I could try the splice through the next to last link in the chain using the bitter end of the line (which I would want to use in any case). If it looks good, I'd cut off the last link of chain. If not, I'd cut out the new splice and be no worse off than I am now. This would all depend on the unlikely possibility that there is room in the link.

Back to original question. Who does one call to do splices?

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Several comments:
The splice that I highlighted bears strength and additive friction over SEVERAL/MANY chainlinks. Spicing to the single terminal chain link usually results in FAT back splice, a splice that doesn't easily pass through the gypsy on a windlass, ultimately gets 'chewed up' by the gypsy, doesnt easily go down the hawse hole into a chain locker due to its 'fat-ness'.
Splicing (back splicing) to a single link is a splice connection that can easily abrade and progressively weaken upon use, then break when under extreme strain. The problem with common back splices is they don't follow the general technical rope recommendations of having "4 times the circumference of the 'turn' in contact" with the other component (rope/chain/bollard, etc); and, usually only have ONE turn of each rope strand in contact with the circumference of the chain link - VERY VERY WEAK. All the 'good' knots have many 'turns' in contact with their opposite connection.
There are several variations (mostly from the UK) for warping splices to chain
If you don't like any splice that you just made ... cut it off and start again.


Most riggers will be able to splice .... but not all will be able to do a proper 'warp splice' to chain. They usually prefer some sort of 'back splice' (weak).

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Re: Splicing plait line to anchor chain

Pretty neat directions there. It says plainly in step 5 that all strands go thru 1st link .Good luck with tucking all thru 2nd with first just dangling there..I usually read carefully ,then follow explicitly until I get the hang of what's what.
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