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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

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The fittings are a big part of the cost
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Thanks to all, Dyneema it is.
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Splicing dyneema is cake.
Just take you own good time about it
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I did dyneema, with two “upgrades”. 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.

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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.
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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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