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RE: Rope splicing

Subject: RE: Rope splicing
From: Vowell Anthony R CDE/EDP
Date: Nov 14 2001 11:42:18
Noddy's last comments regarding the yachting fraternity make a good
point.

Any good boatyrd will have qualified and time served riggers who can do
a proper splice in braid.

OK you say there's a big difference in yachties ropes failing and
putting your life on the line, trusting to a spliced rope with no CE.
Fair point -  but if splices fail on a boat in heavy weather and the
mast comes down then maybe half a dozen lives may be on the line.

Nod's other point about knots are absolutley spot on. Knots = major
losses in strength. 

The only sure way to be confident about ropes [or any bits of gear for
that matter] is to look after your own, and therefore to learn how to
splice them properly. Try the London Boat Show in January - a good day
out, and loads of marine types to pass on info to you. Or contact the
British Marine Industries Federation, who may know of Riggers who can
teach you a thing or two. 

And Yes I am a yachtie

Tony
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