Monday, December 6, 2010

APS Staff Review: Samson Splicing DVD

A review from the rigger himself, John Lund.

Learn how to splice by watching... The Samson Splicing Instructions DVD Set.

If you are interested in learning to splice and prefer to see a demonstration rather than reading the directions that came with a set of fids, this DVD is for you.

These DVDs are split by what they refer to as Class I lines made of non high modulus fibers such as polyester, polypropylene, or nylon. The second DVD covers mostly the same types of splices but for Class II lines made from high modulus fibers such as dyneema, technora, vectran or PBO.

The types of splice demonstrated are 8 and 12 strand single braids and double braid splices for both classes of line.

Most sailors don’t splice often enough to remember all these different types of splices. Whether you are doing a splice for the first time, or need a refresher this may be very handy when the need arises to do your next splice. The process for each splice is presented clearly and slowly enough to follow along, pausing the video as needed to keep up with the demonstration. However, I would suggest doing a practice splice for each prior to trying a splice to be used on your boat.

Here at APS we prefer to use Selma Swedish fids to a tubular fid as shown in the video. We do however sell both types. Both types of fids are sold both as a set or individually so you can purchase just the size you need. We also like to use Marlow splicing needles. The video box has a 2 page info card covering all the tools required and we stock all those and more.

Samson also has a small book (Samson Splicing Manual) with written instructions and diagrams covering the splices that may be a handier reference for your splicing kit to be used on the boat. If you need to take written directions for any of the splices they are available on their web site samsonrope.com. They can be downloaded or printed out and are provided in PDF format.

Because I am splicing every day here at APS, I have seen variations of all these splices and techniques over a period of years. Each line manufacturer has a similar splices listed on their website. Many of the splices I have learned and now use on a daily basis I learned by watching someone else. I think these DVDs will help anyone learn the procedure of each type of splice. The first time you try one (even after you understand what to do) it may feel awkward. Each time after that you refine the technique and learn how to make a better splice. Watching a DVD will speed up the learning curve.

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