Originally Posted by opie
The bury is where the load is carried. The marlin splice will support a fair amount of load, but the majority of the strength comes from the bury.
Your bury length starts AFTER your taper. i.e. start measuring for your bury past where the taper stops. The tapered part of the line is not considered part of the bury.
Proper bury length is 21x the rope diameter or 7x circumference.
hmmm my fixed ends might be a bit short then. I think the amount not tapered is probably only ~1.5-2" on 7/64 Amsteel. They don't appear to be danger of failing though. I thought by threading the rope through itself, that would also provide some of the strength. The bury just keeps it from coming apart, no?