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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

I've been using good old three strand for years with no problems. I sail traditional boats so it looks great, its cheap, easy to splice and lasts forever. My current boat has no lifelines which is another option.
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I've lost four freinds due to the lack of adequate lifelines on their boats. They found the boats , but not the sailors. Not having lifelines is not an option , unless one wants to be extremely foolish, and soon dead.

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Weight,
Comfort,
Price,
Ease of installation,

I am sure I could come up with a few more but these are off the top of my head.
The weight difference is less than that of a case of beer left on deck.
The price of used 1x19 is probaly less than the cost of high tech fibre.
1x19 is extremely smooth, and offers zero discomfort. I find the peace of mind it gives far more comfortable than synthetic line.
I havent found to hard to install, and once installed, you dont have to do it again for 30 years or more.

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I, for one, don't see why anyone would continue to use wire for something like that, except that it's cheap and available anywhere and everywhere.

Some people have different priorities than cheapness and availability.
My first priority is safety, which stainless 1x19 lifelines give one far more of than any synthetics ; a daredevil stunt.

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Meathooks! Especially if using old wire.
I've never seen a meathook on my 30 year old, 1/4 inch 1x19 stainless lifeline wire.

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then you have never fallen against it with bare skin
How does one cross the Pacific many times without ever falling against ones lifelines with bare skin. Never been a problem for me. Dont wear a hell of a lot in the tropics, singlehanding.

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My first priority is safety, which stainless 1x19 lifelines give one far more of than any synthetics ; a daredevil stunt.
How so? I guess your stainless life line will hold up better if you fall against them while wearing knife covered trousers, but otherwise the strength of both materials is very similar.

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This is a really interesting conversation that started back when SS was starting to be used on boats, nobody believed it was safer than rope, funny how nothing ever changes that much.
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How so? I guess your stainless life line will hold up better if you fall against them while wearing knife covered trousers, but otherwise the strength of both materials is very similar.
Chafe and UV resistance of stainless is far greater.

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Chafe and UV resistance of stainless is far greater.
But it is prone to corrosion inside fittings that can't be inspected. Everything on the dyneema life line can be inspected, making it easy to check on chafe and UV degradation.
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