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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.
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Lot of people are using Spectra.

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Why not? The Dashews uses it: http://www.setsail.com/c_central/tec...llconnect.html
Actually it seems like a great idea
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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.
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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.
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Yup... ISAF just redid their safety guidelines to exclude coated lifelines a few years ago.
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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.
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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.

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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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