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Old 26-08-2016, 01:13   #46
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Re: When the rope meets the windlass!

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Google "irony splice." It is a long splice for chain-to-rope. Basically, only 2 strands go through the chain and the other is mated like a long splice. A little trickier to make (strands need to be balanced and everything snug). but just as strong and very smooth through the windlass.
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Has anyone got a link to instructions on how to do an irony splice? Looks like it might solve our windlass problems too.

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Re: When the rope meets the windlass!

Further to this discussion, a Certified Advanced Rigger, Trainer and Assessor (and also with 21 years in the Australian Navy), confirms that the strength is reduced by a third if only two of the three strands pass through the chain link. He referred me to:
Chain Splice | How to Splice Rope to Chain | Splicing Knots for the way to splice rope to chain without losing strength.
Nice website - now I can study some of those other splices I want to learn
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Re: When the rope meets the windlass!

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Google "irony splice." It is a long splice for chain-to-rope. Basically, only 2 strands go through the chain and the other is mated like a long splice. A little trickier to make (strands need to be balanced and everything snug). but just as strong and very smooth through the windlass.

I've always known this as a Chain Splice (thats what it's called in my 1934 edition of Knots, Splices and Fancy Work).
Two strands through the link. Third strand is unlaid, and one of the strands through the link then follows up the rope in the space left by the unlaid starnd and then half knotted. The second strand through the link is then tucked under itself as in a normal eye splice, although I tend to taper that strand a couple of times.
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Ok just to get this thread back on track, have we determined yet weather your windlass has a rope/chain gypsy , and is a rope stripper fitted?

What size chain/rope is recommended for your gypsy?

Note we are NOT talking the capstan side ,if one is present, just the gypsy.
As soon as I can get to the boat, I'll do that and report back. Unfortunately, our trip ended just before the C&D canal to the Chesapeake, when we hit a submerged object, began taking on more water than the bilge pumps and I could remove and we were forced to call a Mayday. The boat is being moved to the marina this week. :-(
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