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Old 07-06-2016, 07:02 AM   #21
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Chafe can easily reduce the strength of a line so a new knot with a metal thimbol wire tied in may be stronger in use than a fancy splice.

I'm not sure how a 50% reduction in strength becomes stronger than a 0% reduction by the simple addition of thimble.

I guess it must be a case of YMMV (Your Math Must Vary).
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:35 AM   #22
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"'m not sure how a 50% reduction in strength becomes stronger than a 0% reduction by the simple addition of thimble."

The point is many lines even at 50% have a higher breaking strength than either the boat or the dock.
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The point is many lines even at 50% have a higher breaking strength than either the boat or the dock.
Which is why many are surprised by how much a knot reduces the breaking strength, they have never experienced a failure. Even so, I think it is always good for people who hang around ropes and lines to understand the effect a knot has on the breaking strength.
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looks to me like the line was unlayed far past the splice then re layed improperly. It is not recommended to unlay line beyond the splice point.
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