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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.
This is the arrangement on our boat—there is a stanchion on either side of the opening. These aren’t just random openings in the middle of long lifeline runs.