Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Going to redo lifelines in Dyneema...what size?
I used 3/8", not so much for the strength as for the ability to grab hold of it easily. It makes a good armrest when sitting as well, although you could probably cover thinner stuff. I used eye splices on all ends. They end with s.s. shackles at the gates and lashings (1/8" Amsteel) at bow and stern fastening points. The lashings work out really well to both tension and to take wraps around the entire bow rail assembly, not just the weaker welded-on round stock eye. I spliced my old-style pelican hooks right into the line to make the gates which swing on the shackles attached to the long bow-gate pcs. No turnbuckles, no swages and wire to corrode and worry about, easy to take off, roll up and stow....simple, love 'em.
Don't worry about splicing 12 strand. It's very easy. Sew it to lock in place as suggested in specs. Seriously think about lashing instead of screwing around with turnbuckles. With a long pc. of lashing, you can leave all the lines 3" or so short and tension to fit, using the shackle at the other end as the stop. The only thing that needs to be exact is the gate pc. which provides the actual tension via the pelican hook. They need to match your gate opening. Being short, the eye splices will overlap, making them essentially doubled up. When measuring make sure to add enough for splices.
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Last edited by smurphny; 04-28-2012 at 01:49 PM.