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Old 23-04-2010, 14:41   #31
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Originally Posted by enovillo View Post
A question for those of you using lashings on one end of your [insert favorite synthetic rope here] lifelines:

What type of rope did you use for the lashings? What knot do you use to secure it?

Witzgall, you said you used 1/8" Amsteel. How did you secure the lashings? A knot wouldn't do the trick, as Amsteel is so slippery. Is there some magic splice I'm not privy to yet?
No problem.

You don't need to use Spectra at all. Since you will have ~ 8-10 passes, 1/8" cord or yacht braid will do fine. There is no purpose in having strength beyond 5,000 pounds in this application. Use a figure-8 or other high strength knot to start, do your wraps, and finish with a stack of 4 half hitches. Easy to adjust, which is the point.

Spectra lashings are only needed for larger very high load lines (shrouds, etc.).

Keep it simple.

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