TECHNIQUE How to make a perfect fit splice

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Fitted splicing is the most difficult one to do, but it is also the “ultimate” one to use in the boat, and we explain all the steps to make it. The advantage of this method over eye lead is that the sock protects the core from abrasion; in fact, it is usually used for ropes with very high loads (e.g., spi halyard).

HOW TO MAKE THE FITTED SPLICE IN 12 MOVES

splicing fit1. To make a 10 cm buttonhole, make an initial mark 40 cm from the end.

2. Now simulate the buttonhole, marking another 10 cm and make a cut on the stocking.

3. Get all the core out from this point and, with a marker, color it in so that you remember the exact spot where it came out.

4. Take a little more core from the other end and prepare to splice it inside the sock with the correct size ankle.

5. You must enter the first mark you made (at 40 cm) by sliding until you get to the mark you made on the core, the one in step 3.

6. Now tape the core pieces together at the point where you came out with the ankle, precisely in the circle in the figure.

7. You must make a second splice by re-entering with the ankle into the core where you made the mark with the marker, again the same as in step 3.

8. When finished, taper it properly as we have seen done with the splices described in past issues. You will get the 10 cm buttonhole.

9. Arm yourself with patience and indent the core with the lead inside the sock.

10. At this point, you will need to get to where you made the mark with the marker. The splice will then finally be finished.

11. Attach the ankle to the excess empty sock and thread it 2 inches down the plumb, but first fray it to taper it.

12. And here is the result: a splice shod with a bombproof fit!

This sequence was made with Armare riggers.

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