ROPE to CHAIN CONNECTIONS:
There are a variety of ways to connect a Nylon Rope Rode
to an Anchor
1. THIMBLED EYE-SPLICE
In most cases, this is accomplished using an eye splice around a thimble on the line, and a galvanized anchor
shackle. This arrangement is strong and protects the line from chafe where it joins the anchor chain.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to pull using an anchor windlass
, since the thimble/shackle cannot be pulled using the capstan or gypsy
of the windlass
. In most cases, the anchor rode
will have to be temporarily made fast while the anchor rode is moved from the capstan to the gypsy
. This can be hazardous, and overrides are common.
The other problem is that it is difficult to pass an eye and thimble below decks, unless a large chain pipe is used. It is virtually impossible to construct a self-tailing/self-stowing windlass system when using a thimble and shackle.
2. DIRECT EYE-SPLICE
Instructions @ http://www.neropes.com/splice/sp72_3...d_to_chain.htm
Many Windlass and Rope
Manufacturers recommend a rope to chain eye-splice, consisting of a relatively common eye splice through the last link of chain. The line is seized about 12" from the end, the strands are parted, and two strands are passed in one direction through the link, while one strand is passed in the other direction. The strands are then spliced using normal technique. Various tapering methods can be used, but Simpson Lawrence
recommends three full tucks, then two additional tucks made with half-diameter strands. This makes a compact, rapidly tapered splice, that retains about 75 - 85% of the rope’s original stength.
3. PLAITED EYE-SPLICE
Instructions @ http://www.bluemoment.com/warpchainsplice.html
1. From the end of the rope count twelve turns down the lay and mark the twelfth.
2. Make a constrictor knot
with the waxed sail twine just after the mark and separate the stands up to the constrictor knot
3. Insert the first strand (blue) into the first chain link
4. Insert the second strand (red) into the first chain link from the opposite side of the first strand. Draw up the two strands tightly to keep the constrictor knot snugly against the first chain link.
5. Insert the third strand (white) into the second chain link
6. Insert the first strand (blue) into the second chain link from the opposite side of the third strand.
7. Insert the second strand (red) into the third chain link.
8. Insert the third strand (white) into the third chain link, from the opposite side of the second strand. Draw each strand up tightly at each pass and continue on the same way until you reach the end of all the strands and finish whith a small constrictor knot on the sixth link). Seal the end of each strand with the hot knife.
I've never used this "plaited" eye-splice, and wonder about it's efficacy.
Does anyone have any significant experience using , or know of any tests or reports, about the “Plaited” Rope-Chain Splice ?
Any other advice, recommendations, experiences, references
, or comments etc...?
Thanks & Regards,