REEDS SPLIC­ING HAND­BOOK

Yachting Monthly - - BOOK CLUB -

Jan-willem Pol­man, Ad­lard Coles

I ap­proached this lit­tle book with trep­i­da­tion, con­scious that my own skills ex­tend no fur­ther than the most ba­sic tra­di­tional rope’s end whip­ping and an eye splice in three-strand rope, com­pleted un­der RYA duress. The con­cept of splic­ing mod­ern multi-braids or ropes with dif­fer­ent core/cover com­bi­na­tions made my palms break into a cold sweat. Yet splic­ing does mat­ter – de­fault­ing to a knot can re­duce rope strength by up to 50%. This neatly or­gan­ised book ex­plains what tools are needed and of­fers 10 use­ful tech­niques for the most com­mon types of rope. If you save the price of a sin­gle shackle by learn­ing to make a Dyneema loop, this will be £8.99 well spent. Un­hesi­tat­ingly rec­om­mended.

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