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Jac123 01-06-2019 04:52 PM

New Lifelines
 
I am going to install new lifeline on my new to me 89 Catalina 30
So far I have seen 3 choices 1) Stainless with vinyl 2) Stainless without vinyl 3) Dyneema Line

Suggestions?

RegisteredUser 01-06-2019 05:11 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
The fittings are a big part of the cost

bigdogandy 01-06-2019 05:14 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
I hav Dyneema on my boat and will never go back to wire! Light, easy to tighten and replace, just as strong as the wire.

JimsCAL 01-06-2019 05:24 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
Yes you identified the three basic choices. With covered or uncovered stainless wire, you can remove your old ones and take them to a local rigger and have them made up to match. With dyneema, it can be a DIY project. I went the dyneema route a few years ago with 1/4 inch single braid. Very easy to splice. Was able to reuse most of my fittings - turnbuckles, gate hooks, etc. and just bought threaded studs from Defender. Total cost was about half what new SS wire would have been.

Dfok 01-06-2019 05:39 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jac123 (Post 2051574802)
I am going to install new lifeline on my new to me 89 Catalina 30
So far I have seen 3 choices 1) Stainless with vinyl 2) Stainless without vinyl 3) Dyneema Line

Suggestions?

Dyneema. I used SeaDog pelican hooks which were surprisingly inexpensive, joined the forward and aft sections with Naxen climbing rings and use a whoopee sling made from the dyneema to keep all tight. With ebay 5/16 dyneema the cost was much lower than replacing the steel wire. Works better for my needs too.
Takes a couple tries to learn the "mcdonald locked brummel", a fat knitting needle with the top cut off makes a good fid for the job.

Jac123 01-06-2019 07:15 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
Thanks to all, Dyneema it is.

RegisteredUser 01-06-2019 07:19 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
Splicing dyneema is cake.
Just take you own good time about it

Tartan33#33 01-06-2019 09:43 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
I did dyneema, with two ďupgradesĒ. I added a chaffing cover where the line goes through the stanchions and lock whipping on all the splices. The only hardware purchased was what was needed for the gates.

PhilCarlson 01-07-2019 09:50 AM

Re: New Lifelines
 
Piling on the Dyneema train. I just did the same thing. Didn't have to buy a bunch of new fittings, inexpensive, easy to work with, looks great, way stronger than the SS I replaced. You won't be disappointed.

SanderO 01-07-2019 07:18 PM

Re: New Lifelines
 
I never had a lifeline failure in 33 years. I replaced them once about 15 years ago with the same uncoated wire on lower and vinyl coated on the top one. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


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