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Old 04-02-2013, 18:37   #16
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Rinse and soak in fresh water, let it dry, then spray with silicone spray to lube up the fibres.
Yes, then lay it out in a circle and do a dance around it at midnight while sprinkling some water over it to please Neptune.
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Old 04-02-2013, 18:51   #17
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Yes, then lay it out in a circle and do a dance around it at midnight while sprinkling some water over it to please Neptune.
Nick, exhaustive research reveals that a pentagram is much more effective than a circle.

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Will there be women, and can I dance naked?
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Will there be women, and can I dance naked?
Yes you can dance naked but there will be no women or men for that matter!
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Re: Splicing Nylon

Line is cheap. If there is a shred of doubt or difficulty, replace.
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Re: Splicing Nylon

Having tried numerous times to splice old 3 strand nylon rope, I have come to the conclusion that it's just not worth the effort. Even if you get it to splice it'll look like the dog's dinner. Bite the bullet and replace
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Re: Splicing Nylon

I was in your position for some time and used only 3 strand nylon as a snubber. Over time the rope became stiffer and stiffer. It got to the point where it would self unravel off a horn cleat. Time for a switch to braided nylon.

Now I use Yale Brait.
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Re: Splicing Nylon

Not mentioned is using a fid. I have spliced some pretty hardened three strand nylon using one.

I don't believe that hardened line is weaker. The individual yarns have just been pulled tighter. Nylon can stretch 40% before it breaks and a little tension I don't think weakens it any.
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I would have thought it didn't even need to be said, that a fid makes splicing any line easier. I have never seen a line, 3 strand, 4 strand cable laid, Atlas, 8 strand square plait, 12 strand, Samson or any of its variants, parallel or stuffer core, anything at all, that could not be spliced, from shoelace size to 13" mooring lines, and that's not even considering wire rope, unless it simply falls apart due to wear. But this is a relatively short piece of line we are talking about, that has been in use and been in the weather quite a bit. Best to replace it and maybe splice the old one to another old one of something else and have it for a spare mooring line or something. Anyone who CAN'T splice it needs to review their definition of "can't", I think, because the right tools make the process quite easy.
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