I had a couple of pieces of Amsteel Blue that came with the 8274 I bought a while back and so I decided to make an extention out of one (its 65' long or so). Anyway, I went to the marine supply place and got a couple of stainless steel thimbles and, using the splicing guide on pirate, I knocked it out in a half hour or so. Seems to have worked purdy well. This has me thinking though, since it was so easy to do, maybe i should save myself some $$$$ by buying some bare Amsteel Blue from a marine supply place (or direct from Samson) and make some winch lines. To get a decent price, I guess you usually have to buy either 300' or 600' (half or a full spool). I don't want that much.... anyone be interested in a group buy? I haven't even found a local supplier of the stuff yet... but I'm sure there is one somewhere in the greater portland area. Just thought I'd see if there was any interest. j ps: is it me or has this forum been kinda dead lately?