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Re: Tool to open lifeline gates
Having 2 stanchions to frame the gate opening is a safety feature, as I see it. When the gate is open, you have something more stable to hang onto, as necessary, such as helping yourself up from a dinghy alongside.
Having true pelican hooks, with lanyards, allows you to easily open the gate from either side—as shown in the thumbnail—without tools.
If the OP’s “gate” arrangement works for him, it isn’t for me to criticize, but for others viewing this thread, it might to helpful to see a more standard arrangement, as shown below, that has stood the test of time.