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bwake 01-20-2010 2:28 AM

The other day we had a bit of a muckup out on the water. Too many people etc, bad current etc but i managed to drive over a new coated spectra line cutting it in half. Ive ordered another however wouldnt mind keeping this as a spare. From back in my old waterskiing days i remember being able to resplice them. I've had a look at a few sites but i cant see to find anything specific to spectra lines?

wake1823 01-20-2010 6:14 AM

tie the two ends together. Search aroudn for the type of knot you'll need to tie.

99_slaunch 01-20-2010 6:42 AM

Trash it!! Ropes can be bought cheap. Not worth it IMO.

loudontn 01-20-2010 6:49 AM

Aaron, they're handy! I had an amateur driving my boat and ran over one of my fave straightline ropes. We couldn't unwind it from the driveshaft so we had to cut it. I now use them for dock lines and for a while I used a sliver of it for a surf rope. Now I have a real one but they're not bad to keep around.

john211 01-20-2010 7:20 AM

I repaired a rope like that 3 seasons ago. I didn't tie the two ends together. Instead, I turned each end into a loop, like any other take off section. <BR> <BR>I used a wood pencil to open up the core of the lines, I forget, about 16 inches from the cut end, and thread the cut end into the core behind the pencil until I had about 6 to 8 inches of the cut end inserted in the core. Then I tied a knot at the base of the loop. <BR> <BR>That knot I kind of lucked into by trial and error. I studied the factory knots and tried to imitate them. But it took several tries. To keep the inserted end from pulling out while experimenting with that knot, I took a safety pin and pinned things still. <BR> <BR>Works fine.

rio_sanger 01-20-2010 7:43 AM

I grew up around boats, and splicing lines was one of the basic tasks to learn as a kid. A "Fid" is the tool that we used. We spliced ski, dock, and anchor lines all the time. <BR> Not sure about spectra's small diameter, but every boater should have one nonetheless. <BR> <BR>Here's an example of one available, but the more basic ones I've used work just fine... <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.fid-o.com/the_fid-o_splicing_tool.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fid-o.com/the_fid-o_splicing_tool.htm</a> <BR> <BR>(Message edited by rio_sanger on January 20, 2010)

wakebrdr38 01-20-2010 10:11 AM

Chris is right on! The other viable soluation is to tie a loop to each section using a bowline knot and linking the loops together like Johnathan said.

pwningjr 01-20-2010 11:32 AM

Splicing is definitely a handy skill, although I honestly wonder how you could do it on a coated line. Mine came from the factory with knots on the ends.

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