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Stripping Covers from Core-Dependant Double Braids
Many high-performance sailors like to strip the covers from core-dependent double braids to save weight, but it is important to leave the cover intact wherever the line needs to be cleated, worked on a winch, or through a rope clutch or stopper. (Please note that covers cannot be stripped from any Class I double-braid rope without seriously compromising the strength of the rope.)
Complete instructions for stripping covers are available here.
 
Upgrade Your Halyards
Have you ever had a difficult time furling your jib when the breeze picked up? Many times, this is due to an old halyard that is stretching. this causes your jib to sag at the luff, and keeps the furler from spinning freely.
 
Upgrade your halyards to MLX, XLS Extra, or any of Samson's low stretch, lightweight, high strength options and watch your jib furl easier under all conditions.
 
Splicing Made Easy
Putting a knot in a rope seems innocent enough - until you realize that most knots reduce the strength of the rope by as much as 50%. Tight bends are the main culprit. Samson recommends that all ropes be terminated with a splice. Properly performed, splices retain 90 to 100% of the new rope strength, and they look a lot more professional. All published strengths in this catalog are for spliced ropes.
Samson ropes are classified as either Class I or Class II ropes, depending on the fibers used. Splicing procedures are different for each class. Always make certain you use the correct splice for the rope you’re working with. Instructions for splicing Samson ropes are available for free download and are available in our comprehensive Splicing Manual, available through Samson distributors.
 
Anchoring Securely
There are two methods to connect your anchor rode to the chain: a rope to-chain splice, and an eye splice with a thimble. The rope-to-chain splice Allows the rope-chain interface to pass through most gypsies on anchor windlasses. Because this splice allows direct rope-to-chain contact, it should be inspected frequently for chafe and remade if necessary.
The alternative-an eye splice with a thimble, connected to the chain with a moused shackle (see inset photo) prevents direct rope-to-chain chafing, but will not pass through the gypsies on most windlasses.
Instructions for all 6-strand Deep Six and 3-strand rope splices are available here.