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Replacing lifelines

This is a Beneteau 32s5. I don't plan on replacing the lifelines this season but I was wondering how it would be done.

Replacing the threaded part and wire looks easy enough but I would think the part in the end of the rail should be replaced as well.
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Re: Replacing lifelines

Doesn't look like it is designed to be removable.
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Doesn't look like it is designed to be removable.
If so that seems like a very bad design.
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If so that seems like a very bad design.
Indeed it does - no toggle to absorb side loads. Looks like it was done that way for production efficiency.
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Re: Replacing lifelines

It sort of absorbs side loads - the section in the rail acts a bit like a limited movement ball joint. Yes, bad design though.
I've seen that arrangement on other Beneteau boats.
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Re: Replacing lifelines

I sold my Beneteau last November but my experience with Beneteau USA was very helpful with the issues on my First. I strongly recommend that you contact them and ask for the help you need there. They have very good customer service. I have also recently replaced my lifelines on my current C&C sailboat and have opted for the uncovered lifeline of 1x19 wire rope and had a professional rigger cut to length and swage the end fittings. I took my old lines to him and just said to duplicate the length and new fittings. The uncovered 1x19 will last much longer since there is no plastic cover to hold the salt water on the wire for a greater length of time. I also opted to eliminate the lower lifeline (which cut my lifeline cost in half), and install mesh netting from the upper lifeline to the toe rail. I used zip ties to secure it. They will last a year or so under the sunlight but a bag of 1000 4" ties are less than ten buck and can be replaced as they fail or as an annual event of spring launch. It takes about one hour to do this chore and you have a better lifeline system than just two wires. Also, if you have pelican hook for your cockpit gate have them reused and polish them with PTEF polish, you'll save at least $30 per fitting and they should last you another 10 years. Good luck.
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Re: Replacing lifelines

True Beneteau is helpful bit I think it would take a magician to remove that fitting from the rail end.

The rest is easy.
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I like the bare lifeline idea. For the Newport Bermuda race it it is the rule.
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True Beneteau is helpful bit I think it would take a magician to remove that fitting from the rail end.

The rest is easy.
Maybe the end can be cut off and some kind of a cap screwed on with the traditional loop at the end.
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Replacing lifelines

Maybe I'm missing something here. Could be as I have only looked at the picture on a small iPhone screen but why change that fitting that looks to be an integral part if the pulpit? It doesn't look in bad shape from what I can see. In replacing the lifelines the rigger would simply make up a set that had the same screw attachment that would screw into that fitting.

By the way, I strongly agree with replacing the lifelines with uncovered wire. You might want to go to the next size UP, not because of strength issues but visually you are used to seeing a certain size and the uncovered will look so different since it is thinner without that plastic cover. A thicker wire will also feel better on the hand. That's what we did when we replaced our lifelines.
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