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New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

NEW ENGLAND ROPES STS-WR2 Heat Shrink Synthetic Lifeline, Clear at West Marine

Looks like New England ropes is now making a synthetic coated wire lifeline replacement. I was going to use Dyneema to do it, then saw this product in the latest WM mailer. Anyone see this or use it yet? Some if the people said that fuzzy lines was an issue, since this is coated, this shouldn't be an issue.
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

I used Dynemma last year. I put shroud covers over the front sections of the top lines to eliminate chafe from the jib. I wonder how you spice the coated stuff?
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

I am interested in using Dynemma for my lifelines, but have some questions. What method did you use to splice the Dynemma? I've heard it doesn't splice securely. What fittings did you use for the gates and to tighten them?
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

I used eye splices with thimbles and lashing lines on one end and eye splices with shackles on the other. I spliced in CS Johnson pelican hooks for gates. You need to make the lines about 6 or 8 inches short, as the line has some give as the strands bury. I followed the NE instructions to do the splices and stitch them.
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

I would like to know a little more about it. the catalog does not have much. New England Ropes - Product Details
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

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I used eye splices with thimbles and lashing lines on one end and eye splices with shackles on the other. I spliced in CS Johnson pelican hooks for gates. You need to make the lines about 6 or 8 inches short, as the line has some give as the strands bury. I followed the NE instructions to do the splices and stitch them.
How do you figure out if it is 6 or 8 inches?
I'm assuming you just have to guess.
Do you just make it plenty short enough and make it up in the lashing end?
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

http://neropes.com/Splicing%20Guide%...PLICE_BURY.pdf
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

David,
Your boat is a little smaller then mine (35) I'd think 6 inches would work bu you are right, you just have a longer lashing if you go shorter. It depends on how much you tension the line when you measure too.
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

Good Old Boat has a feature on this in the current issue.
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Re: New England Ropes Synthetic lifelines?!?!

The NER WR2 is just double-braided Dyneema, which seems like an excellent choice for lifelines. You get the strength of Dyneema and additional chafe/sun protection by having the Dyneema cover. The only issue I have with this NER offering is the largest size is 5mm, meaning the core is less than 4mm, which does not meet the OSR requirements for larger boats (I don't recall the cutoff, but somewhere in the 35' range and up is 4mm minimum). If you don't care about OSR or for a smaller boat, then this may be a moot point, but the OSR is a good guide for offshore prep even if you aren't racing.

Lancelin, a French company, makes a 6mm Dyneema double-braid with a 4mm core and the cover has reflective strands. That is the route we are taking.
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