Splices are used to permanently join two lines or to
form an eye or loop in the end of a line. When time
permits, splices should be used instead of knots because
splices are much stronger.
To make an eye splice, unlay (untwist) the strands in
the end of your line about 8 to 10 turns of lay. Whip the
end of each strand to prevent the strands from unlaying
while you splice.
When splicing synthetic line, such as nylon, it is
sometimes easier to use tape on the strand ends.
Large line, such as mooring lines, should be
seized or bound together at the point where
To form the eye, bend the line back until the eye is
the desired size. This is the point where your splicing
Follow the steps shown in figure 7-22 by tucking
each whipped strand under one strand of the line. Pull
Figure 7-21.Coils, fakes, and flemishes.
Figure 7-22.Steps for making an eye splice.