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Splicing Master class

On Wednesday 11th January The Yacht Club played host to a splicing master class organised by Neil Thomas

Splicing can be a little fiddly but is great for when you want to tie a rope to an anchor chain for example. Splicing can be better than a knot, because it is neater and a splice can be as strong or stronger than the rope while a knot is always the weak point on the rope.

For example with a three strand splice, if you have two tucks, then the splice is weaker than the rope, three tucks are as strong as the rope, while four tucks are stronger than the rope.

The workshop was split into three tables, with each table concentrating on a different splice, three strand splice, dimenna and braid.

How to make a three strand splice

Step 1: Tape the ends

Split and unravel a short length of rope. Tape the end of each braid where the braids are still neat and cut half way through the tape, so that the braids will still not unravel.

Step 2: Unlay the strands

Pick one strand, it doesn't matter which, and unwind it, making eight revolutions around the other two. Tape the rope tightly just below where this "loose" strand joins the others. Now untwist the other two strands, to where the tape is.

Step 3: The first tuck

Take the taped end and place it on top of the rope, to make an eye the size you want. Now with the main rope away from  you fan out the braids, so that the middle braid, which also needs to be the top braid, is on top of the rope, the left braid, to the left of the rope and the right braid is to the right.

Lift a strand of the main rope at the point where you want the eye to close with a fid and tuck the centre strand under it. Pull this first tucked strand all the way through so that the eye is closed, but don't pull so hard that you distort the lay of the rope.

Step 4: The second tuck

Tuck the left hand strand under the strand just above the first tuck and pull.

Step 5: The third tuck

Tuck the right hand strand under the strnd  below the first tuck. Once this third tuck is made, pull on all three strands in turn to close the eye evenly.

Step 6: Over and under

Now work around the rope going over and under as you go. Make sure that you go over and under at least three times, then trim and burn the braids, so that the splice looks neat and tidy.

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