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You make some interesting points Murph (is that appropriate?) but your plastic lifelines are potentially a more significant safety item than a block. If my block had failed completely I would have fallen a max of six feet (still no fun). If your lifeline fails you go overboard. Plastic jacklines, plastic tethers, most likely a plastic harness.
I'm not poking at your choices -- I have made the same ones -- so much as pointing out that composites are everywhere in our lives and we trust our safety to them every day. Again, backups and safeties are important regardless.
That's why I'm nervous about going up on my wire-to-rope halyards and choose the fiber ones instead. That's why I tie my own bowline instead of using a shackle on the chair.
Oh - and I was 65' up. *grin*
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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