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Old 20-08-2009, 13:41   #1
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Splicing Goo

I'm making up some new docklines and for the life of me i can't remember the name of the splicing coumpound (sort of a rubberized goo) to keep the splice from slipping.
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Old 20-08-2009, 13:52   #2
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Never heard of the stuff. The splice shouldn't slip in the first place but I usually just sew on some whipping. If nothing else it looks better than goo.

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Not pretty but it's great for nylon. And I'm not trying to impress anyone with my salty skills anyway- just keep the boat off the dock.
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Isn't what you are talking about the same thing as liquid electrical tape? I think I saw something just like it at West Marine once - comes in a small can, called liquid whipping something or another.... Probably would be cheaper at the auto parts stores

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You shouldn’t need any ‘goo’, like “Liquid Tape”

Liquid Tape Replaces Electrical Tape

http://www.starbrite.com/prodcatalog...e%20%28Home%29
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You shouldn’t need any ‘goo’, like “Liquid Tape”

Liquid Tape Replaces Electrical Tape

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Well Gord, there's "needs" and there's "wants"....

Star Brite Whip it- that's the stuff. thanks.
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Before you have opened that can, I would have a good looking whipping instead. I mean, compared to the splice, the whipping is peanuts.

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When you get right down to it, if the splice is done proper, then neither whipping or goo is needed. If it twern't done right then all the whipping and goo in the world won't help much. When splicing three strand for dock lines, I very seldom whip the tag ends. Unless, I'm really bored that is.

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Star Brite Whip it- that's the stuff. thanks.
It works well as an alternative to burning the ends of the splices in a three strand splice. I've used it on three strand whern all I did was whip.

It is NOT a substitue for whipping larger lines, but with larger lines you can use it unstead of whipping the strands themselves. It won't make a splice better if you never did it properly. It's not bad over the top of a decent whip though. Things like fender whips it is good.
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Well done splices do not slip. Often requires 6 tucks or more. If a line slips when spliced then it is not the line to be spliced - use other methods to achieve your goal. Some materials can be spliced and then sewn thru - e.g. spectra eyes, etc..

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What are you using for your docklines? You mention nylon but that may not be the best rope to use.

Nylon has a bit of stretch in it which can be good from the point of view of shock absorbance, however, if the boat is too heavy or the docklines too small then its like you've tied your boat up with rubber bands and it can bounce around the marina berth like its on springs. If you don't have enough room in the berth the stretch in the nylon lines can allow the boat to hit pilings, fingers, etc anyway.

All of the marinas here use polyester 3 strand as an economic and safe dockline material that has a small degree of stretch, adequate strength, excellent chafe resistance (particularly when wet) and ease of splicing.

I've just made up a set of docklines for our 14 tonne yacht from 16mm (5/8") polyester 3 strand with eye splices both ends of each line. No whipping, no goo ..... shouldn't need it with good splices. Each splice is tapered with one leg tucked 5 times, one tucked 6 times and the third tucked 7 times. Neat, tidy, strong.
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