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Suncor Lifeline Kits

Does anyone have any experience they can share regarding the Suncor lifeline kits? I plan on replacing my lifelines and a certain retailer has them on sale (sorry, Sailnet doesn't carry it). Each kit includes 40ft of wire, one toggle and one turnbuckle. They also make a gate kit. The hardware uses a mechanical connector like Norseman, Hyan, etc., so it is a DIY proposition.

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Here is an example of the kit (this is the one with the gate):

Lifeline Kit with Gate

NEW Suncor Stainless Do-It-Yourself lifeline kit with gate. Suncor Stainless's part number is C0747-LK01.

Do it yourself! Rig a Lifeline in minutes.

Kit Includes:

1 Quick Attach Double Gate Eye
1 Quick Attach Gate Eye
1 Quick Attach Pelican Hook
2 Quick Attach Turnbuckles with toggle
40 feet of White PVC Coated Lifeline (3/16 wire)

App. Wt. 8lbs

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Still no takers? Anyone want to give their thoughts even if they don't have first hand experience? Personally, I like the idea becasue (i) it is cheaper or equal in cost to swaged fittings, (ii) DIY is always a plus in my book (no riggers nearby), and (iii) it looks like the end fittings could be reused down the road. I considered the self swage CS Johnson fittings that WM sells, but I'm a little leary on the strength of the small swager (which WM will let you use in the store).

I know some don't like coated lifelines, but my boat is generally in fresh water (tidal, but have to go a few miles down river to even hit brackish), and I like the look of the white over stainless.
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SV- I like the idea of DIY. If the fittings are reusable it seems like a no brainer, I'll have to go to their website and check them out. I need to change my lifelines so this is timely. Thanks!

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I need to replace my lifelines and am considering this as one of my options. The other is to go with low-stretch line, which CS Johnson has fittings for now.

So the Suncor kit gives you enough for one line, one side?
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Don't use PVC coated wire. Stainless steel needs oxygen.
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Interesting advise on the PVC coated lines. I've never this before. Mine are coated, will have to research this.
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Stainless steel deprived of oxygen tends to suffer from crevice corrosion. This is why the ORC/ISAF require boats in races to have synthetic line or uncoated stainless steel for lifelines. This is also why taping rigging is a bad idea.
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Than you SD, I thought the rule was strickly for inspection reason. I will strip mine when I put up for winter. Yuck.
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Stainless steel deprived of oxygen tends to suffer from crevice corrosion. This is why the ORC/ISAF require boats in races to have synthetic line or uncoated stainless steel for lifelines. This is also why taping rigging is a bad idea.
SD is absolutely correct in that the non-PVC line will last much longer than the covered. In addition, non-covered allows you to keep an eye on the line for potential deterioration that the PVC may hide. However, for my purposes I'm going to still go with PVC. This is because of the fact that right now there is a good chance that I'll sell the boat in four to five years (yep, twofootitis has already set in). I also like the look of the white lines and the PVC is easier on the hands. I don't go offshore, and my boat is used primarily in fresh to brackish water. If I was certain to keep the boat long enough and/or go longterm cruising, I'd probably go with the non-covered line.

In response to the OP, yes, each kit contains the hardware for one line on one side, with 40 ft. of 3/16 line (that is the wire size, not the diameter with the PVC cover).
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