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Re: Lifeline Replacement
While racing rules may not apply, the rule exists for a very good reason, IMO. Wet stainless steel does rust, unless exposed to air. Putting a coating over it is just asking for rust near the ends of the coating or wherever it splits. I can't think of a legit reason to favor coated wire. Personally, I think bare wire looks better too. Since production boats are typically sold with coated, I'm guessing most people like the look of coated better. I don't get it.
p.s. Mine are due for replacement too. Original OEM coated wire is rust staining through. Will go with bare. I just need the time to fully de-rig, which requires some recording and labeling. I will drop off mine at a local rigger.
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