Originally Posted by badbaws
If it is 8 strand it isn't too bad, is a pain... but if it is other types then quite often a seizing is easier and pretty much as strong a splice if done correctly.
To be fair on small boats three strand is much easier to work with and cheaper.. Multiplait may look better and feel better depending on type of fibre used.
It also depends if you want a permanent eye or (k)not... and then you have to make sure you get the eye splice the right size to fit over most common cleats etc.. I tend to make a oversized loop, leaves more rope availble if ever needed it and I tend to put a metal clip on the end too. It helps my "novice" crews tie up at the pub!!! O-X-O still confuses some people for a cleat.. a loop over the top they can manage!!
Merchant navy training is good but most of my friends have long forgotten how to tie knots and splice.. You don't need to tie must when looking out the window avoiding WAFI's! The worst thing to splice is wire!!
I've never sussed 8 strand, I had some instructions on how to do it once (was a Land Rover tow rope, not for a boat) and it was a complete hash up by the time I finished!
The lines I am making up at the moment, I am also putting a biggish loop in each end and a s/s carbine hook on one end spliced into the loop, this means that it is more flexible for whatever I want to do with it at any given moment, I can either use the loop and let the carbine hang out of the way, or use the carbine. I'm using 3 strand 10mm soft white nylon which is supposed to have a breaking strain of 2 tonnes so four of those on a 700kg boat ought to have a reasonable margin of safety