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" For example, a lifeline can be really baggy and then kept "taut" with a length of shock cord. "
I have no trouble understanding what "taut" means, and how "held up" isn't the same thing. If I can lean on it and make it move--it wasn't taut.

And if someone on another boat disagreed with me, the standard is to ask the committee for a ruling, and if necessary appeal that to the USYRU. Excuse me, USSA. That's how rules get clarified and revised from time to time.

As you say, there's nothing illegal about selling replacement rails. Unless, of course, your local RC is using ORC regulations, as many do for offshore racing. You can object to the rules all you please. That won't matter if someone else protests you and DSQs you because you've pushed them too far.

And never forget, "ungentlemanly conduct" is reason for not only DSQ, but I know of folks who have been banned for a season because a committee found their behavior repeatedly improper. By all means, exploit the rules. But cross them? Sooner or later, you get busted.

And a number of auto racing teams have been DSQ'd this and last year as well, for a variety of similar reasons. Different game, same rules.

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" For example, a lifeline can be really baggy and then kept "taut" with a length of shock cord. "
I have no trouble understanding what "taut" means, and how "held up" isn't the same thing. If I can lean on it and make it move--it wasn't taut.

And if someone on another boat disagreed with me, the standard is to ask the committee for a ruling, and if necessary appeal that to the USYRU. Excuse me, USSA. That's how rules get clarified and revised from time to time.

As you say, there's nothing illegal about selling replacement rails. Unless, of course, your local RC is using ORC regulations, as many do for offshore racing. You can object to the rules all you please. That won't matter if someone else protests you and DSQs you because you've pushed them too far.

And never forget, "ungentlemanly conduct" is reason for not only DSQ, but I know of folks who have been banned for a season because a committee found their behavior repeatedly improper. By all means, exploit the rules. But cross them? Sooner or later, you get busted.

And a number of auto racing teams have been DSQ'd this and last year as well, for a variety of similar reasons. Different game, same rules.
One other thing that you should be aware of is that, depending on the organizing authority, you might be limited to using uncovered 1x19 wire. A lot of organizations require that.

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So during the next race when I see life lines sagging under their own weight, I can protest, and win? Every boat I've been on has lifelines less than taut by your definition. So how are they all racing legally?
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I don't know how old my life lines are, probably original. I wanted to change them out to high tech line and amsteel looked like a pretty reasonable substitute consider the cost, 1/8" is really cheap and strong without the worry of having it chafe over masts exists, blocks, or cleats do you think this is sufficient? Or should it be a larger diameter?
Is it possible to use solid rod for lifelines??? You wouldn't need the plastic cover.
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Would be a PITA to tension and if you hit it, it would hurt like a bastage..
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