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Old 30-10-2017, 16:09   #1
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Eye splice

Last spring, I replaced most of the running rigging on my boat and decided to use soft shackles on the genoa sheets. I love it so far, however Iím novice in performing eye splices. I bought the fids last winter and watched tutorials on Youtube. On the genoa sheets the core started coming out of the jacket ( as per picture). Every other splices I did held up well. The genoa sheets are 5/8 and I did find it harder to splice bigger rope. Any one know what I did wrong? The splices looked great when they were done. Any tips or advice welcomed!Click image for larger version

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Old 30-10-2017, 16:19   #2
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Re: Eye splice

Try mastering it first with stranded rope. Here's one method: http://www.samsonrope.com/Documents/...UL2012_WEB.pdf
Then move on to braided:
http://www.samsonrope.com/Documents/...Splice_WEB.pdf

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Re: Eye splice

I'm guessing you did not get the core buried back into the main section far or at all. Actually, that's OK, since each leg carries only 50% of the load and the core and cover are equal strength. You see that in many professional splices. However, with new line the core slides easily and cover opens easily. A washing machine can do the same thing. The cure is to use a few lock stitches and a whipping at the base of the splice, just to prevent things from walking under light load. I'm sure it was flogging that cause the milking.

The same loose cover that makes a yacht line easy to splice leaves it vulnerable to this kind of herniation. But the underlying cause was the core working loose.

I doubt this is related to the soft shackles.
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Re: Eye splice

Follow the splicing directions issued by the manufacturer of the line. Not a generic guide found on the Internet.
I do all my own splices and because I splice infrequently I always find myself performing a splice with the directions laid out before me so I don't miss a step. I've never had a failure.
You just need more practice. You'll do fine.
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