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Old 12 September 2006, 11:23   #1
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Which is stronger?

Can anyone tell me which is stronger an eye splice or a bowline? (I'm making 4 mooring lines, if the rope makes a difference, probably 3ply nylon.)

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Assuming both are done properly , I would say about the same.
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Old 12 September 2006, 13:34   #3
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Can anyone tell me which is stronger an eye splice or a bowline? (I'm making 4 mooring lines, if the rope makes a difference, probably 3ply nylon.)

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knots typically reduce the breaking strain of a rope by around 40%, splices if "tied" properly can retain 95% of the strength

edit: in reality you are unlikely to be anywhere near the breaking strain of the rope, even with a knot in it and your deck hardware is more likely to fail first - unless you wear through the rope on a sharp edge etc. A nice splice does look pretty though - and even a child can loop it over a cleat/bollard etc
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A nice splice does look pretty though - and even a child can loop it over a cleat/bollard etc
It does - adds a "profeshunal touch"

Takes friggin ages and gives you sore fingers, but looks good...
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er, being a bit of a novice boater and all that, I can do a bowline, but can someone show me (via a webpage or a diagram?) how to do a splice?!
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P.S. Granny knot any good?!
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http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Knots_gallery.htm

or just buy them pre done ?
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A spice...

A spice will be stronger.. and to be honest I can put an eye splice in 3 strand complete well under 5 minutes.. and depending on the paricular length of rope as little as 2 minutes.. without getting a sore finger and with a whipping too..
Some skills are still worth knowing..
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A spice will be stronger.. and to be honest I can put an eye splice in 3 strand complete well under 5 minutes.. and depending on the paricular length of rope as little as 2 minutes.. without getting a sore finger and with a whipping too..
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How do you put a splice in plaited rope?
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