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    Default Handy 8 plait to chain back splice alternative

    My 8 plait rode to chain back splice has problems going through the windlass, I googled for an alternative and found this:

    http://www.sw-marine.co.uk/acatalog/...in_Splice.html

    The splice is wound through many links of chain and is a LOT thinner. I havent tried it yet, but it looks good and I thought I'd pass it along. It also looks a lot easier to do than a back splice.
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    Since you're running through a windlass, you might need to pull a few of your eight strands back into a conventional weave into the line. Some windlass gypsys don't like all eight strands bound into the chain links. Give it a shot with all eight, and if it binds up, redo it with six. Still binding? Try four. It's all about finding the right balance between a "stuffed" chain and a full rope splice.
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    Its not that its binding, is that the bulge of the splice I have now is too big to get grabbed and pushed down through, it just "hops" back and forth and doesnt go anywhere right where the gypsy wants to grab it.

    I tried loosening up the gypsy a bit but it didnt help - and I dont want to loosen it up more because the rode might start to slip.
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