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Your Boat Rope...

How To Make An Eye Splice
The Proper Use and Care of Boat Rope 


Making An Eye Splice

Start the eye splice by unraveling eight to ten turns of the strands of rope. 
Now seal the ends of each of the three strands with tape or heat to prevent them from unraveling.

Next form a loop in the rope by laying the end back along the standing part. Hold the standing part away from you in the left hand with the loop toward you. The unlaid end can now be worked with the right hand.

The size of the loop is determined by the point at "X" where the strands are first tucked under the standing part of the rope. Now lay the three opened strands across the standing part as shown in Illustration "A", so that the center strand "B" lies directly over and along the standing part.

Left hand strand "A" leads off to the left, right hand strand "C" to the right of the standing part. Tucking the strand ends "A", "B" and "C" under three strands of the standing part is the next step. Get this right and the rest is a piece of cake!

Starting with the center strand "B", Select the topmost strand of the standing part and tuck "B" under it.(right to left against the lay of the strands) Tighten but do not distort the natural lay of the strands.

Next take left hand strand "A" and tuck it under strand 1(Which is left of strand 2). And then take strand "C" and tuck it under strand 3 (Which is right of strand 2). Tuck from right to left against the lay of the strands for each of these also.

If all of the tucks have been made correctly, the eye splice should look like Illustration "B".

The splice is completed by continuing to make at least four full tucks with each of the strands. As each added tuck is made be sure it passes over one strand of the standing part, then under the next strand above it, right to left against the lay of the strands. The completed splice should look like Illustration "C".

Making an eye splice in rope, image A and B

Illustration "A"         Illustration "B"

llustration "C"
Making an eye splice in rope, finished photo



The Proper Care and Use of Rope

Whether rope is used for anchor line or mooring line, it is an important link between the boater and safety.  

Caring for and inspecting your rope often will ensure it does the job you want it to and will last as long as possible.  Avoid using rope that shows any sign of aging and wear. Rope should be inspected regularly for cuts, worn spots or discoloration. 

Avoid knotting the rope.  Knots reduce the breaking strength of rope by as much as 40%.  For this reason, splicing is preferred to knotting. 

Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and heat.  Use of rope where temperatures exceed 140' F will reduce its strength.  Also, sunlight can severely weaken rope due to prolonged exposure to ultra violet rays. 

Working load guidelines are tabulated for rope, in good condition, with appropriate splices in non-critical applications and under normal service conditions.  Keep this in mind when selecting a rope for a particular application such as; tow line, life line, safety line, etc.  Here the working loads given do not apply. 
Rope manufacturers print a chart on the back of each package stating safe working loads which are set forth by The Cordage Institute of Washington DC.  Whenever a rope is selected, good judgment should be exercised.  If in doubt when selecting the proper rope for your task, contact the rope manufacturer.




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