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New lifelines - DIY or pro?

Hi all,

I need to replace my lifelines and I generally prefer to do my own work. However, as I might have six people hanging on one lifeline at the same time, I do not want to take a shortcut.

So, do the hand swaging tools work effectively for what is undoubtedly a critical component or am I better off having these done professionally?

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DIY, I think a long handled swaging tool works fine when I used it - or look into simply using double braid like I just finished on my boat.

A plus side is that the rope lifelines ended up looking more squared away and if you wanted you can get colors!
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There was a recent discussion here of using low modulus line as an alternative to cable.
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The stainless steel wire is fairly cheap. But have you checked out the prices on the connecting fittings ?
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YOu don't really need a swaging tool. You could do much of it with Norseman or StaLok type fittings... and they're reusable. You can also use a Spectra or Dyneema based line for the life-lines...and they're much softer on the hands.

BTW, you really shouldn't have people hanging on the lifelines... they're not really designed to take that kind of load...and either are the stanchions generally. IMHO, lifelines are really more a reminder to help keep you on board rather than anything seriously effective at keeping you on-board. Most are only 24" high, which really isn't sufficiently high to keep you aboard IMHO.
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FWIW, I believe the six people Jason is referring to will be rail meat while he is racing, so 24" works well when you are sitting down on the rail!
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If they're anything like the human ballast I've seen, they're each 180-200 lbs... and I generally wouldn't recommend having 1200 lbs. of people leaning against the lifelines... but that's just me. Of course, if he's recently re-done the lifeline stanchions, and used a serious backing plate on each...it might be fine.
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You got way too much wood on your boat.. you must spend a month a year varnishing the sucker.... even using Cetol as a short cut.
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Nope SD - it takes me about 2 hours per year to coat everything after a light scuff with a ScotchBrite pad. One annual maintenance coat of Cetol Clear is all it needs . . don't even have to bluetape anymore since it goes on so easy.
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