February 24, 2021 2 min read
Did you hear? The knot is dead! Optimise your boat this year so it works seamlessly and take advantage of your ropes full strength.
Splicing an eye in your rope helps retrain the full strength of the rope while tying a knot will twist the rope in an unnatural way meaning you don't get the same strength it is designed for.
Here are two videos which show you how to put an eye splice into 12 strand dyneema, and how to taper down a rope that has a cover and core.
Tapers are useful where you want less weight in the rope, or where you want it to run through a system with less friction. Think spinnaker sheets hanging outside the boat in light winds, or a halyard that has to go a long way up the mast.
The following rope splicing tools are the ones we recommend for splicing ropes on your dinghy, skiff or catamaran. You can buy them individually or take advantage of a package such as the Kingfisher Dinghy Splicing Kit.
Dig out cores and seamlessly feed ropes through each other. Suitable for 4mm ropes and below.
Dig out cores and seamlessly feed ropes through each other. Suitable for 5mm ropes and below.
All four sizes of D Splicer needle in one handy pack. Simply unscrew the handle and insert a different size needle for the rope you are working with.
Laser cut serrated blades will cut through your ropes with ease. Don't rely on the kitchen scissors, these scissors won't let you down and will leave a clean cut in the toughest ropes.
Splicing needle to grip ropes and pull them back through the ropes core/cover. Suitable for ropes that are 2mm-4mm thick.
Splicing needle to grip ropes and pull them back through the ropes core/cover. Suitable for ropes that are 0mm-2mm thick.
Contains the 4mm and 5.5mm splicing fids as a package. Dig out cores and seamlessly feed ropes through each other.
The ultimate rope splicing kit for dinghy sailors. This kit contains everything you'll need including the tools shown in the videos above. Comes with a handy storage bag so you can keep all of your rope splicing tools in one place.
Our friendly team are on hand to help you with any questions. We provide impartial advice to make sure you get the best kit for the job at hand. Get in touch today.
If you don't have the time or confidence to splice your own ropes then don't forget we offer a rope splicing service at Sailing Chandlery. Get in touch for a quote.
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