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Resources for lifeline replacement?

Any suggestions for information (books, articles, webpages) on replacing lifelines? (In non-coated wire.) Seems like this would be a good DIY project, but I haven't found much detailed information. I'm especially interested in learning about the swageless fitting systems, but traditional system ok too.
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Re: Resources for lifeline replacement?

There really isn't much to research.... buy the wire, buy the fittings and do it. Norsenam and StaLoc fittings come with instructions.

There is a much discussed trend on SailNet regarding using dynema line in lieu of wire. IMO, there are pros and cons, but while the cost is somewhat lower by the time that you're done, the lines need replacing after a few years (4-5?).

IMO, since the swageless fittings are quite expensive compared with swaged fittings, it really isn't worth it to do it yourself with wire...and I say this as a dedicated DIYer. You DO NOT (repeat 3x) want to swage lifelines or standing rigging yourself. It takes specialized hydraulic tools that are costly.

I suggest riggingonly.com or Knothead here on SailNet. Send them your old lifelines and new ones come in the mail. Well worth it.
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Re: Resources for lifeline replacement?

magazine....Special Issue of Ocean Navigator...Ocean Voyager 2012 Issue 201...under section Bluewater Gear...."Replacing Aging Lifelines".... this article was a huge help for myself as I tackled this project last summer....went with non-coated 1x19 316 stainless rigging wire...hope you can find the article online...as the magazine is probably long gone from the shelves except for in the cabin of my boat....
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Re: Resources for lifeline replacement?

Knothead. PM him.
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Re: Resources for lifeline replacement?

this is a good source for DIY life lines. Very easy to do
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Re: Resources for lifeline replacement?

I see more and more going to dyneema... will watch to see what the longevity turns out to be.. I like the look, and the thicker diameter is easier on the hands, along with never a meathook...
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