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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!
The weight difference is less than that of a case of beer left on deck.
The price of used 1x19 is probaly less than the cost of high tech fibre.
1x19 is extremely smooth, and offers zero discomfort. I find the peace of mind it gives far more comfortable than synthetic line.
I havent found to hard to install, and once installed, you dont have to do it again for 30 years or more.
Agreed the weight is marginal, but it adds up
I can make an entire set of lifelines for less than the cost of the fittings on one wire lifeline. Even assuming that the synthetic has to be replaced more often, it is significantly less expensive.
Ever had your leg hair ripped out by wire? Or had stitches from meat hooks? I have had both, and trying to put in your own stitches 500 miles from shore is a bit uncomfortable.
I don't think wire is particularly difficult to install, so long as you have your own crimper, and somewhere to roll out the wire. I can splice a set of dyneema lifelines up then toss them in my sailing bag.