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Seems to me that the stainless steel wire (vinyl coated or not) would be stronger and last longer than braided line. Moreover, the holes in the stanchions can only fit a certain sized line, or some other fastening method would have to be used, which probably wouldn''t look or work as nice.
Last year I replaced the worn-out 1/8" lifelines with 3/16" lines. I bought the hand swage tool and wire cutter along with the fittings and enough wire to do all top and bottom lines. As I recall, the total cost was about $200 for my 34.5'' boat, including the tools. My guess is that they''ll probably last ten years, maybe more.
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