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j.robinson389
06-04-2013, 09:26 AM
I came into some bulk 3/8" polyethylene rope and I am wanting to make a couple tow ropes out of it. This stuff is fairly low stretch so it would be for wakeboard, kneeboard, foiling, etc... My question is about splicing the loops in. I have done a fair amount of rope splicing for dock lines and other similar uses, but never a ski tow rope.

The splices I normally use are called a Brummel splice (first picture) I believe and they come out nice and thin, but most of the ski rope ends I see look as if the spliced loop has knot at the base (2nd picture) Any insight on how this is done? is it just a normal splice with an overhand knot tied around it.

This may sound a little strange, but when we spend a week at the lake I like to spend my down time making and repairing ropes, me and my rope fid pass the time quite nicely :D

Also does anyone know of any guides on how handles are tied and braided together? I thought it would be real simple to reverse engineer the knots, but I'm having no such luck.


http://www.tempospars.com.au/images/demo/Brummel-Locking-Splice.JPG

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/k2xjv.3uwmj/v/vspfiles/photos/MasterLine_12_Custom_Handle-2.jpg?1351334323

BARE5
06-04-2013, 10:41 AM
Pretty close. I can't remember the name of the knot, check a couple of ski rope websites. That's where I found it too. I too enjoy fixing ropes and making new ones.

88 PS190
06-04-2013, 10:47 AM
Many knotless designs as well so it is not needed.

http://www.dcl-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/PI00_Cordage_Synthetic-Ropes_Part19.pdf