Sailboat Rope Splicing Instructions
Two kinds of splices are used most frequently, the eye splice -- used to make a permanent loop in the end of a line -- or the short splice, used to join two pieces of line of equal diameter and type together. The eye splice is used for everything from a carry handle to a dock line. The short splice has one restriction: it cannot be used if a line will be running through a block, because the splice doubles the diameter of the line. A long splice will run through a block, but is not a stable splice.