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Sailors Guide to Line Splicing

A How To Guide from the Experts at West Coast Sailing

Learning the basics of line splicing is a great way to improve the performance and efficiency of your rigging and a useful skill for any sailor, regardless of what boats you sail. In our new 'Sailors Guide to Line Splicing', we present splicing basics to help you familiarize yourself with terminology and basic concepts, an overview of splicing tools to show you some of the handy tools you want to consider when taking on a splicing project, and a few useful and common techniques including tapering and basic eye splicing and how to complete a brummel splice. West Coast Sailing has everything you need to master your line splicing and offers a full selection of splicing tools along with an industry leading collection of line to complete your next project.

 

Splicing Basics

Sailors and riggers have varied opinions about best practices for splicing. In this video, we answer the basic question of what splicing means and why it is useful for sailing.

 

Overview of Splicing Tools

Now that you have the basics down, let's look at a few handy tools that make it easier to complete your splicing project. These include a good pair of scissors (that are sharp!), fids in various sizes, splicing wire, marking pen, and tape.

 

Technique: Tapering & Basic Eye Splice

Tapering is used to help ease the transition from your splice into the rest of your line, which eliminates bumps and high points. 

 

Technique: Brummel Splice

A brummel splice is a locked loop splice that is super common in many sailing applications. In this video, we'll show you how to do one! 

 

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