Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Fix A Damaged Winch Cable

The winch cable on your boat may glance else intimidating than your nylon dock lines or rigging, on the contrary your winch cable is aught and than wire rope; the matchless characteristic between that winch cable and the nylon borderline you convenience to tie your boat to the dock is that the wire rope is unreal up of six strands rather than three. Whether your winch cable parts, two transitority interlocking eyes constitute transitority repairs on the spot. Permanent repairs are fictional with a short splice and can save generation and chips during boating season.


1. "Sieze" the ends of both parts of the broken cable by wrapping baling wire encompassing the cable at a aim where the wire is even excellent, on the contrary as quick to the damaged ends as imaginable. Utilize the bolt cutter to chop the damaged ends from the cable.

2. Arrange a fleeting repair by using wire rope clips to "turn" two interlocking eyes into the parted and seized ends of the cable. The eyes Testament not sway onto the winch drum prerrogative however Testament accumulate to the cable in sync and bear 70 percent of the safe working load that the cable is capable of bearing.

3. Make a permanent repair by making a short splice in the cable. Cut the core back on each part to the point where all six strands strands are seized together.5. Make a standard short splice to join the ends of the cable together, using a bench vise or a rigger's vise to hold the cable together during the process. Since a part of the core was removed from the cable, the safe working load will be about 80 percent of the safe working load prior to the time the cable parted.

This process is slightly different than making a short splice in fiber rope, only because the cable is made up of six strands, where the fiber rope is three-strand line, and the cable has a core. Unlay one end of each part of the cable five complete turns and seize each strand with baling wire.4. Seize each two adjacent strands together at the ends to form three "super strands" around the core.