Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 41, No. 1 - Page 12

Equipment Notebook by David Ayers Photos by author. Splicing Three-Strand Rope T hree-strand nylon rope is by far the most popular rope in use today for typical marine applications, especially for anchor and dock lines. It has the desired amount of stretch and strength for given diameters. The following instructions apply to most three-strand ropes, including manila, polydacron and nylon. If you’re not sure that splicing has real advantages, consider this - tying a knot in a length of rope reduces its strength by as much as half, 12 while a splice retains almost 100% of the nominal strength of the rope. All you need is the rope, a knife, scissors and electrical tape. Splicing can be used to form a loop for dock lines or a thimble-end for your anchor line. A loop is shown below. If using a thimble, snug the thimble up against the rope before splicing. If using nylon or polydacron rope, you can melt the tail-ends as shown to prevent unraveling. (1) Count out about 14-18 rope lays from the end and wrap with tape. This will be the tail of the splice. (2) Un-strand the three tails and tape loose ends tightly. Wrap tape to mark the length of the eye as shown. (3) Insert (tuck) the middle (yellow) strand through any one “lay” just above the tape mark. Pull snug. (4) Rotate rope and repeat step with the last 2 strands passing each under a single separate lay. (5) Continue tucking strands through lays in consecutive order, always passing over one lay and under the next. (6) After tucks are completed, trim the taped tails. If synthetic, apply heat to the tail-end to keep it from unraveling. GULF COAST FISHERMAN W W W. G U L F F I S H I N G. C O M