Posted by Bill D NZ on June 03, 2023 at 02:35:34 user BillD.
In Reply to: Re: Seamans Handybook (was Well-known book on Naval Warfare) posted by Magnus Smith on January 22, 2018 at 12:44:06:
Old thread I know, but your reference to "splice some reef points" was something I noticed recently. I wonder if AR has (perhaps deliberately) used the wrong term here. You'd be unlikely to splice reef points whipping the ends is the usual method.. Splices are used for joining ropes (long- or short-splice), making a loop (an eye-splice), or for finishing off the end (end-splice or back-splice).
You could use a back-splice to tidy the ends, but a whipping is quicker, neater and doesn't shorten the rope, or make it harder to tie a reef point than a back-splice would do.
On the other hand, a back-splice is arguably neater and more permanent. But back-splicing all the reef points would take quite a while...
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