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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.
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Re: Tool to open lifeline gates

a lot of the new fat Ass boats don't have the gates, they have the opening between the stern rail and the next stanchion. our boat is that way and we use the stern rail to hold on to when exiting. we use the enter and exit to the dingy on the stern of the boat . don't have to climb as high with the open cockpit

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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.
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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.

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Re: Tool to open lifeline gates

For what it's worth, I have never needed to use a marlin spike to open a Tykaska shackle. Unless it is under a very high load you should be able to open it with your finger.

Needing a tool to open a lifeline gate seems a bit cumbersome to me.

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Re: Tool to open lifeline gates

My 1966 vintage Pearson has shackles like that where the lifelines terminate at the pushpit and pulpit and also at a midship gate. They work fine. If you need a tool to open them they may have been crushed somewhere along the line. Just use a screwdriver or whatever works to spread the cheeks a bit.
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