Away from my kit for a while now so I can’t ry these out, overhand looks like it’d be hard to adjust. Sticht and reef look like they are the way forward. Used with a strap and a second ring will help the longevity of the hitch.The overhand does work with a small ring, and tends very well. Adding a tending strap didn’t improve it, as it was already effortless.
Hey Brock.. is that your trade secret viper splice... or is it something smaller?
Oh right on..! That's cool.. kinda like Gliestiens inco prusik.. i like that, I'm going to try it out. I wonder how easily that method would splice into a dmm thimble if you end up a little on the small side of 8mm even with overlapping tails..This version is the easiest to tie and works the best, so far.
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It’s a little harder to adjust the separation between the wraps and lower part than using preformed eyes. But the stopper makes tending smoother.
A sponsor would definitely help. Cord compatibility testing is better with this method than preform eyes. The rigging ring rotates during tending so doesn’t rub in just one spot, a downside of the spool shackle.
The Viper splice is taking the core out and burying the cover into itself, with overlapping tapered tails. When done it is slightly smaller diameter than 8mm, but is completely flexible it’s entire length. Robline’s 6mm Excel Elite is a close replacement for the Oceans, but has a dyneema core rather than vectran, I get it from Fisheries Supply.