It is true that seeing ropes with fuzzy endings breaks our heart. So, here are few methods to make properly finished rope terminations. The spliced messenger line termination, or how to terminate a line perfectly with solid and discrete splicing on which a messenger line can be attached.
Adhesive tape: the basics
First, buy good quality electric Scotch® tape which withstands humidity, salt and UVs. Then, wrap the adhesive tape around the rope a few times at one or two centimetres from the extremity (or higher if the rope extremities are damaged). Finally, cut the rope close to the adhesive tape with a sharpened knife and burn the extremity to avoid fraying.
Ultra-simple and quick
More durable and not very aesthetic.
Whipping: efficient, but not ideal
This seems to be the most common method for the termination of a rope. Effectively, it is robust (if well done) and easy to make.Indeed, it requires 10 full minutes of work multiplied by the number of ropes on board. To finish, the extra thickness created by the sewing can also be a problem. In effect, it can cause difficulties where it passes through the clutches and the blocks.
Easy to make, robustness.
Time-consuming, passage through clutches/blocks.
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The plastic strip: pull, it has passed !
So, who has not been driven mad while spending a half an hour trying to feed a refractory rope into a clutch? In fact, you will waste less time by sewing a plastic strip onto the rope extremity.Then, you will be able to pull it when it comes through the clutch. Cut a small piece of the core and sew the head of a cable tie like Colson® inside the cover.
Very convenient to pass a rope through a clutch.
Not very aesthetic and can hurt feet.
Constrictor knot: free your core !
The constrictor knot on the cover is the best termination method if one does not need to fix a messenger line at the end of the rope. This is the perfect compromise between quick execution, discretion and durability. Additionally, it takes exactly a minute to cut a full centimetre from the core. Then, to make the knot on the cover that is burned in order to seal it behind the knot. To sum up, this requires no specific skills or tooling (two hands, some whipping twine and a lighter). Moreover, another advantage of this method is that it leaves the core free inside the cover. If the core and the cover are tied together, the cover slack cannot be resorbed and a bulge forms at the end of the rope.
Simple, robust, aesthetic, and easy to make.
It does not enable a messenger line to be attached.
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Rope termination for messenger line connection: kill two birds with one stone !
The halyard that remains stuck in the mast due to a messenger line that snaps is one of the sailor’s three most dreaded moments. An easy way to avoid this waste of time consists in sewing the messenger line rather than tying it onto the rope end. After removing about ten centimetres from the core, insert the two ends of the line, folded into two halves, into the hollowed cover. To conclude, the line is sewn to the cover with a whipping.
It is possible to add a solid fixing point to the termination in order to tie a messenger line.
The construction time and the hard spot created by the whipping (can damage fragile decks).
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We have reflected on how to make a loop rapidly at the extremity of a rope without creating a hard spot while leaving the core free inside the cover. Ino-Rope has developed spliced messenger line terminations. Rather than using a cord, the cover is spliced onto itself, which serves as a loop at the rope ending. Effectively, the splicing is stopped by a simple stitch. Our custom ropes are all supplied with a spliced messenger line ending, free of charge.