Figure 3-20.Clove hitch and two half hitches.
To make an eye splice with manila or synthetic
lines, you must untwist the strands in the end of your
line anywhere from 4 inches to 2 feet, depending on the
size of the line, and splice them into the standing part of
the line by tucking the unlaid strands from the end into
the standing part.
Learn to estimate the length of line you need to
unlay for your complete splice so you will not finish
short nor waste a lot of line by cutting it off. An original
round of tucks, plus three more complete rounds, are
Figure 3-21.Stopper hitch.
enough for an ordinary eye splice. Four tucks are
mandatory in nylon because of its low friction and
With large lines you must whip the ends of the
strands before you start, otherwise they will unravel
and become troublesome. Large lines also must be
seized at the point where the unlaying stops or you
will have trouble working them. With any line up to
about 2 inches, you can open the strands in the
standing part with your fingers. The fid must be used
for larger lines.