If you are buying pre-spliced line then you need to stop. Yes, the majority of anchor and dock lines on the market come with a splice in the end already. However, you need to realize that you are paying a lot more for it. It would be far cheaper to purchase line off the reel and learn how to splice it yourself. Thankfully, this is not too difficult to do. On this page I want to take you step-by-step through how you can splice a line yourself.
- Most rope cut off a reel will have been sealed at the end to stop it unraveling. You do not want this. Your first job is to tie masking tape around one end of the line. You should then slice right through the end with a knife. You want to make sure that the seal at the end is completely removed. At this point you should unwrap the tape and tie the three individual strands together with yet more masking tape.
- Now, take one of the strands (any of them) and slowly start to uncoil it. You will then wrap this eight times around the other two coils. Once done, tape it into place lightly and uncoil the other two strands that you have left.
- Now it is time to get tucking. Start by forming a loop which is the size of the eye of the splice. The three strands should be facing away from you. Now, grab the center stand and tuck it underneath the ‘coiled’ strand that you have. Basically, you will be forming a loop.
- Now, grab the left strand and stick it in the ‘coil’ above the place where you put the center strand. Basically, it should have crossed over the center strand.
- Take the final stand and place it underneath the center strand. Make sure you are pulling it from right to left.
- Pull all three strands taunt.
- Time to get weaving! Now you will take each strand and slowly weave it up the ‘standing’ strand. You will want to do this every other ‘coil’ upwards. So, start by ‘skipping’ a coil and then going into one. Repeat this six times.
- Once repeated six times, lay the coil on the floor and roll it gently underneath your foot.
The splice is now complete! Yes, it is going to be difficult the first time you do it. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become. In fact, eventually it will be almost second nature to you.