Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
so the taper is just to get it through the eye of the needle or does it have another purpose?
I think was answered correctly, but want to reinforce it. The taper in an eye splice is a critical
part of the splice. It prevents an abrupt transition. This transition is the weakest part of the splice and this is where eye splices fail. If the taper is not done well, the splice will be weaker.
With the whoopie sling, you can't really avoid the abrupt transition. I think Frawg or Tee Dee has some good pics showing a failure of the whoopie sling from a recent post. I think he determined it was because the stopper knot at the tail end pulled tight before the bury engaged. My suggestion is if you need the comfort of adding a stopper knot, you do it further down the line and not right at where the tail exits. Lastly, make sure you "milk" the buried section to engage the splice before loading it. Low loading conditions cause these splices to not perform correctly.