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Makes a secure join between two pieces of stranded rope.
- Tape the rope.
- Unravel enough for about 5 tucks.
- Push the ends into each other and tape the middle.
- Make the first complete set of tucks, and then another.
- Repeat this using the other end.
- Remove the tapes, tighten, and complete the remaining tucks.
Natural fibres hold well with three tucks each side. Modern synthetic materials tend to be slippery and a minimum of five complete "tucks" is recommended.
Pros and Cons
The Short Splice makes a secure join between two lengths of three-strand rope. This is entirely satisfactory for some purposes, e.g., making a longer tow rope or dinghy painter. However, the Short Splice is useless for any running rigging because the splice will be too fat to pass through any blocks.