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Old 10-07-2007, 17:42   #1
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Question Splicing Question

The eye splice on my anchor rhode is looking a bit worn and the thimble has coroded and discolored the line with rust. I planned to cut about 3 feet off the end of the line, spice in a new thimble and add some new chain.

I remember reading that there could be problems putting an eye splice in a used line. Can anyone comment if there is an issue or not? The rhode is in good shape and not worn, but it has been on the boat quite a few years.
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Believe that's only a problem with braided line. 3 strand shouldn't be a problem or wasn't for me.

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Old rope is still old. You'll reach the point where the splice is stronger then the rode. Re doing the splice isn't a bad idea but knowing when to toss the whole thing is also a consideration. That isn't something easily done from an Intenet seat.
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splicing old 3 strand

Soak it in fabric softener and water overnight to help loosen it up if really stiff and nasty. Otherwise Piece of cake. Old 3 strand line is sometimes easier than new since the strands dont want to unravel themselves as much.

As mentioned, old bouble braid can be done if it isnt ancient but can be a pain in the butt, and some people say dont bother. When those spinnaker sheets pop, they usually seem to go at the eye splice, which tells me that 1 they werent buried enough, and 2 a little whipping would go a long way to back things up. Just my opinion, and I am sure some more experienced people will know better.

I did splicing for people in the keys at 10 bucks a splice for most line including the standard double braid types, and 20 bucks a splice for the more tricky types of line. You would be suprised how many wanted it done.

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