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Does this lend any credence to the preference for bare wire over coated.

huh, I can't put a link in (not old enough I guess) so check out the following:
www dot ussailing dot org slash safety slash ISAF slash cat2mono dot htm and look at clause 3.14.6 a)

I have no idea if they inspect for and enforce this.
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Bingo, cheaper, lighter, no need for fittings, easier to install and replace.
As another user of Amsteel for lifelines for the past five years I can testify to it use. I love it and it is certainly easier to use as well as on the hands, etc.
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Does this lend any credence to the preference for bare wire over coated.

huh, I can't put a link in (not old enough I guess) so check out the following:
www dot ussailing dot org slash safety slash ISAF slash cat2mono dot htm and look at clause 3.14.6 a)

I have no idea if they inspect for and enforce this.
Warmbeer,

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Here's your link: Category 2 - Monohull
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Yes, uncoated stainless is now a requirement and the Cat1 and 2 races I’ve been in enforced this as well as the other equipment/safety requirements. Not complying means anything from being assigned additional time as a penalty or even being scored DNF. The boat had to pass a pretty rigorous inspection but the Cat2 races were on the honor system but not complying with the equipment rules is enforced through the protest route. Vinyl coatings are grandfathered in here in S.F. if they are original equipment to the boat. Paul Cayard’s Hula Girl was assigned a time penalty in this past year’s pacific Cup because some of his crew did not wear life vests at the finish line (I think that Paul reported his own infraction.)
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THANKS warmbeer - That's the exact input that I was looking for. I'll go with uncoated if I can get it at a reasonable thickness. I plan to race Annapolis-Newport in the future, so my decision is now easy. I was kind of leaning the uncoaed direction anyway... the rule tiped me over.

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One problem not mentioned about coated lifelines is that they can't be inspected as thoroughly as non-coated bare stainless lifelines. The white pvc jacket can hide a multitude of sins.
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Back when I had insurance, the company zinged my boat for yellowed lifeline jackets during the last survey. I ended up replacing the life lines. Then I replaced the insurance co.
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Coated wire...I replaced mine this year and do every 8 years or so when I see the brown on them. All it takes is one small fray or burr on an uncoated bare lifeline wire to put a HUGE gash in a Jib when it catches the lifeline.

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If you inspect them regularly, that shouldn't be much of an issue.
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Coated wire...I replaced mine this year and do every 8 years or so when I see the brown on them. All it takes is one small fray or burr on an uncoated bare lifeline wire to put a HUGE gash in a Jib when it catches the lifeline.

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