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Lancer28 09-06-2007 12:11 PM

Lifeline Material, SS only?
 
On lifelines, could I potentially use a nice white and color specked double braid line, or does it have to be Stainless Steel?

I like having a new look to my lifelines rather than how crummy the plastic coated Stainless ones have been looking only after a year of being on the boat. I wouldn't mind replacing them often, but the cost is prohibitive on Stainless, and why I'm asking about using poly double braid or something similar.

tenuki 09-06-2007 12:17 PM

Lot of people are using Spectra.

http://www.briontoss.com/spartalk/showthread.php?t=182

JomsViking 09-06-2007 12:20 PM

Why not? The Dashews uses it: http://www.setsail.com/c_central/tec...llconnect.html
Actually it seems like a great idea

sailingdog 09-06-2007 03:19 PM

Spectra is lighter and easier on the hands than stainless steel, but not as abrasion resistant. But uncovered stainless steel is much better than vinyl coated stainless.

tenuki 09-06-2007 03:41 PM

The riggers I talked to this spring when I got my lifelines replaced all said they didn't even do coated lines anymore due to safety concerns. I think it is in some racing rules now too.

sailingdog 09-06-2007 04:43 PM

Yup... ISAF just redid their safety guidelines to exclude coated lifelines a few years ago.

Lancer28 09-06-2007 10:00 PM

I think the non-metal lifelines would be more comfortable to smash into in rough seas than a hard line.

Honestly, I would trust my splicing and rigging into double braid spectra than those pinch-on metal things that have slipped out on me in the past.

Another thought, was what if I had a MOB and he somehow needed us to grab him over a lifeline or was entangled? I carry a rigging knife on my belt, but not a bolt cutter... time counts in our cold waters for MOB and hypothermia sets in fast. I could easily cut through it and make the grab.

sailingdog 09-06-2007 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lancer28 (Post 189450)
Honestly, I would trust my splicing and rigging into double braid spectra than those pinch-on metal things that have slipped out on me in the past.

Spectra is one of the slicker synthetic lines, and IIRC as such usually has a slightly different splicing technique than traditional double braids.

Quote:

Another thought, was what if I had a MOB and he somehow needed us to grab him over a lifeline or was entangled? I carry a rigging knife on my belt, but not a bolt cutter... time counts in our cold waters for MOB and hypothermia sets in fast. I could easily cut through it and make the grab.
Many people use lashings at one end of the lifelines for just that reason.


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