ROOSTER SAILING INFORMATION SHEET 40
How do you splice?
With the introduction of
expensive ball bearing blocks on our boats - we should now be
thinking of insuring their safety and improve performance.
Using a fid to splice the lines to the block is really much easier than you might think.
|The finished article - looks smart don't you think?|
The beginning of the job - please notice the tail of the 3mm spec12 used here has been cut at an angle to make a nice finish at the end.
It is easier to push the fid through the centre of the line without the line attached to the fid
|Now its through, you can attach the line to the fid|
|A double turn through the line acts as a break and a safe stop. It does not make it look so pretty - but it is much safer and stops the requirement for a whip later.|
|Now that's finished take up the tension in the line and it should look like this.|
|The slightly difficult bit - try to pass the fid into the line and up the centre. You might need a palm to protect your hand here.|
|It helps to bunch up the line ahead of the fid to make it easier to push on.|
|Now make a clean exit from the centre of the line and push the fid through. Before you have it completely off the fid - slide in the end of the line onto the fid|
|Gently pull the line through the centre of the outer.|
|Once the line is out, remove the fid|
|Slowly pull the outer core over the inner line, it should disappear|
|Gone! Continue to work the outer over the inner making it look a nice tight finish.|
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