Sailboat Rigging is an important part of your boat's systems. Halyards and Sheets should be inspected often for wear and replaced when visible signs of wear become significant.
A splice is a clean and simple way to add a loop in the end of a line, be it a halyard, sheet, or control line. The advantages of a splice over a knot are primarily a cleaner appearance, a higher working load, it is less susceptible to snagging on other rigging, and it is more permanent. Anyone can learn to splice; all it requires is the correct tools, the instructions for the type of rope you are working with and the patience to learn the techniques involved.
Splices: Most ropes can be spliced, this is normally the preferred method of termination. A good splice using the recommended method should not reduce the strength of a rope by more than 10%. Small diameter double braid line (less than ¼”) often cannot be spliced by common methods and must be sewn
Knots: A knot will reduce the strength of the rope, sometimes very significantly. This loss is caused by the tight bends and compression found in any knot. The amount a rope will be weakened will depend on the knot, type of rope and the material from which it is made but can be up to 60%.
When you decide you prefer to have your splicing done by a professional our on-site rigging specialist will be happy to do the work for you.
Basic Splices Offered By Fogh Marine
The most common splice on sailboats used in ropes with a braided core and braided cover when the strength of the line is evenly split between the core and cover. It is used everywhere on the boat including halyards, sheets, control lines, and dock lines.
Use With: Yacht Braid, Anchorline
Price $ 17.50
A hybrid splice, the cover of the line is stripped only from the eye of the halyard leaving the protection of the cover along the entire length. A great solution for halyard sheaves that have high wear points or on halyards with off-center loading (Spinnaker and Gennaker halyards). Also helpful when smaller high-load fittings are added to the line to reduce length or save weight but a larger diameter rope is preferred for cleating or handling.
Use With: Marlow D2 Racing, Samson Warpspeed, Samson MLX
Price $ 35.00
Used on thin ropes to produce an eye without a knot when a standard splice is not possible. Small diameter covered rope often does not have enough room inside the cover to make a standard eye splice possible. The sew splice offers the advantages of an eye splice with a loss of strength comparable to a knot.
Use With: Any Rope – Best on Small Diameter Lines (3/16” and smaller)
Price $ 17.50
A simple eye in the bitter (trailing) end of a halyard, we add this eye to every halyard we make to allow it to be run back through the mast. Simply attach your chase line to this splice and use the chase to run your new halyard. The reeving splice reduces the chance of the halyard snagging on a fitting and is more secure than taping your chase to the end of the line.
Use With: Any Rope with a Cover
Price $ 10.00 or Free With Halyard
A classic splice made by weaving the 3-strands of a twisted line back through the body of the rope. This splice is primarily used for anchor rode and mooring lines but can be used to put a tail on halyards in dinghies and sport boats. One of the easiest splices to perform but it can be difficult to perfect. Often a stainless steel or galvanized thimble is added to the eye for durability and reduced wear.
Use With: Any 3-Strand Twisted Rope
Price $ 17.50
Specialized Splices Offered By Fogh Marine
The endless splice is used primarily in continuous line furling systems but has many other applications. The splice creates a loop of rope with almost no increase in diameter or stiffness along the length of the splice. The fittings used on either end of the system usually need to be added to the line before the splice is done so make sure you bring us your hardware when requesting this splice.
Use With: Any Rope with a Core and a Cover – Depending on Diameter
Price $ 20.00
An effective way to remove weight aloft is to remove the cover from your halyard. We remove the cover from the eye end of the halyard to the point before it is handled or cleated. The cover remains on the portion of the line from the cleat back. The taper makes the transition from cover to core gradual to allow the line to flow through sheaves and blocks without jamming.
Use With: Any Rope with a Cover and Braided Core
Price $ 20.00
With the advent of high-load ropes there is less need for wire to rope splicing but we still offer it for people interested in a more conventional low stretch solution. We stock premade wire to rope halyards that can be customized to your wire and rope length requirements or we will custom splice a wire to rope halyard to your specifications.
Use With: Any Rope with a Core and a Cover
Price $ 75.00
Attach your anchor rode permanently to the chain with this splice. This splice increases the safety of your anchor rode by removing a shackle from the assembly. A typical anchor system uses two shackles, one between the anchor and chain and the second between the chain and the rope. This splice replaces the second shackle.
Use With: Twisted 3-Strand Nylon
Price $ 25.00
The newer high strength lines are stronger which often result in smaller diameter halyards. Rope clutches that are optimized for larger diameters may not be able to grip the rope firmly causing slip under load. Our preferred method to solve this problem is to add bulk to the core of your new halyard by inserting a piece of dyneema line inside the core of the halyard. The dyneema line adds two to three millimeters to the diameter of the rope in the section that is cleated to reduce slip in the cleat.
Note: Image is exaggerated for clarity. Normal core bulk is less abrupt than in photo
Use With: Any Rope with a core
Price $ 35.00
Often cleating and wear can tear a cover before the core needs to be replaced. An economical solution to this issue is to recover your line. Savings can often be up to 70% of the cost of a new halyard. Please note that occasionally the core is worn or chafed to the point that this is not a viable solution, if this is the case our Rigging Specialist will let you know the other options available.
This method can also be used in a shorter length to add bulk to a line for cleating or wear. We prefer using the core bulk above as it is more resistant to snagging but will taper in a cover upon request.
Use With: Any Rope with a cover
Price $ 35.00 If used as a cover bulk $ 40.00
Many small boats including the Albacore sailboat often use a split bridle on the mainsheet. The split bridle allows the boom to be sheeted in to almost the center line of the boat. A small diameter Dyneema® line is added to the end of your mainsheet to create a low stretch bridle that can be attached to either side of the boat at the transom.
Use With: Any rope with a core and a cover
Price $ 35.00
A whip is a more durable finish in the end of a line compared to a melted or taped termination. The whip is more resistant to fraying and helps lock the core and the cover together.
Use With: Any rope
Price $ 3.50
Ordering Your Line
Splices use up to 5’ of line. When ordering we will use the length you specify as the finished length of the line and will add the necessary amount of extra line for the splice or splices you have requested.
There Are Two Ways To Add Hardware To Your Spliced Line
In-line: The fitting is permanently spliced into the line. This is the most common method. The fitting requested is permanently mounted inside the splice.
Luggage Tag: We put a longer eye in the end of the line allowing you to add the shackle or dog-bone later and double the eye back on itself around the fitting. Additional line strength may be lost with this method as the eye is no longer completely straight around the hardware.
Setting A Line
All new halyards will have some initial creep or set that needs to be removed from the line. This is extremely important to remember, especially with the newer high-load types of rope. To remove this attach the halyard to a solid point on your boat and load it up using a winch. Leave it under tension for at least 12 hours to set it. The length under tension should be at least the working length of the line (distance between the cleating point and the head of the sail when hoisted).