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    Default Rope "lost" in eye splice

    Would anyone know, roughly, what length of rope is "lost" (used up) in creating a small eye splice in a 13mm polyester rope? I used to have a good idea but it's been a few years since I did one.
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    My memory is probably just as unreliable, but 33% springs to mind.

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    I had this question with eye splices in dyneema.
    If you want to know fairly accurately, I think it's best to make a test piece and calibrate what happens.
    Depends how much you bury, and how much of that is tapered.
    No two brands/sizes of rope are quite the same.

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    Are you asking about 3-strand or braided rope?
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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    Quote Originally Posted by stingo View Post
    My memory is probably just as unreliable, but 33% springs to mind.
    The OP mentioned Length, he should buy an extra mtr

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    The rope is braided. It's my existing Jib sheets which are finely measured. I thought of putting eye splices in them and attaching them to the sail with soft shackle so that they were less likely to catch on things. But I doubt really that there is sufficient length so probably leave things as they are till they need to be replaced.
    cheers.

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    I tried this but my local rigger vetoed it as the sheets were used and apparently it is difficut or impossible to splice certain types of rope unless they are new.
    He ended up tapering, whipping and stitching them which mad a very neat job and the soft shackles work a treat - no more hang-ups.

    Lots of websites to help with splicing and knots.
    Here's my favourite soft shackle.

    https://l-36.com/soft_shackle_9.php

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    If the sheets are short, buy a meter or so of line, get large eyes put in each end then cow hitch one end to the sail crinkle and attach the sheets to the other end. You could do similar with twice the length of new line and cow hitch the centre of the line to the crinkle.
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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    A previous boat of mine had the sheets attached to the sail with a soft shackle. The sheet was a single piece of rope, double length, simply folded at the mid point and an eye formed there by a long whipping holding the two parts together. Worked great. It was quite a small boat, so I don't know how well that would scale up for a large one.

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    Default Re: Rope "lost" in eye splice

    I added a few metres of dyneema with an eye to the jib sheets, works great.

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