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Sounds like the line was doubled up and then "served" and perhaps some decorative Turk's Heads laid on. One might consider carefully disassembling and lengthening those lines and then re-serving them.

I assume that you will be adding some other type of stanchion or such as to fairlead the lifelines away from your winch and that the end result will not be loose lifelines?

I would be probably asking the question of how the boat was sailed in it's present condition. Was there always a clearance problem? There are details here I am not getting or understanding.

Re-reading your OP I see you wish to lengthen the lines. I would utilize three strand dacron, maybe nylon, as you can splice it easily and utilize the stretch factor for tension. I would, upon tensioning and securing the end, whip the parts together with sail twine. I would then serve it with strips of canvas, which will protect the line from UV and other damage. I'd then apply a few turk's heads to secure the canvas and provide a neat appearance. I would recommend a hard laid light sized manila for the turk's heads. It will not deteriorate under UV light as quickly as a synthetic will. An application or two of varnish will serve to protect and firm up the turk's heads. The exposed canvas can be whitewashed for a quite yachty appearance.

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could you post photos and say what kind of boat it is.... IMHO something is a bit out of whack if the headsail sheets are getting trapped by the lifelines at the winches.

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Yes...Thanks very much! Probably no racing...at least in the immediate future until I can figure out a long term (and race legal) solution to this lifeline problem. The headsail sheet gets pinned between the lifeline and the winch right now...if I leave them as is, I wouldn't stand a chance on course! I have to push the sheet down and pull it sharply back up when releasing.

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I assume that you will be adding some other type of stanchion or such as to fairlead the lifelines away from your winch and that the end result will not be loose lifelines?
That is correct...and....you're hired!!!!
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could you post photos and say what kind of boat it is.... IMHO something is a bit out of whack if the headsail sheets are getting trapped by the lifelines at the winches.
Sorry....wrote that bouncing my 6 month old on my lap with one hand!!! We just Purchased a 1973 Albin Vega 27'. It is the Jib sheets that are getting hung up (didn't I write that?)...the previous owner just kind of dealt with it and said that it really wasn't a big deal, but we once owned a Sabre 28' MK1 and life lines were "feet" away from the winches....this is why the thought never occurred to me to check it out when we inspected the boat with the lifelines detached...never considered this to be an issue (lesson learned)!

The boat can be sailed this way, but I would like to lead the lower lines either through a fairlead or hook of some sort...still maintaining tension, but leading it away from the winches....that is all.

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Sounds like the line was doubled up and then "served" and perhaps some decorative Turk's Heads laid on.
You got it...sans the turks head, though that would be a terrific addition! Not sure how he tied it as tightly as he did and then served it? I will try to get some pics of it, though we are headed out for a week on Wednesday and the boat is 4 hours from here...so it may be a while before I am able to do so...

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OK..... I guess now I have to!
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