Probably time to replace them on a SAFETY perspective, not Band-Aid them on a visual one.. These are a critical safety item and if the plastic coating is that far gone, the lifelines are also likely well beyond their useful safe life.I guess Catalina direct sells something but i was wondering if anyone has other even better options for covering the lifelines. The old rubber on mine are hard cracking and coming off.
As the underlying wire is likely 7 X 19, that might be a really bad ideaWhat about just removing all the plastic coating. Most new boats are just the stainless cable, you might just need to wax yours to keep from staining. make sure there safe first.
Pictures? Reference books? More info? Please! Thinking of doing the same and I would love to have the benefit of your experience.After doing a good inspection on my lifelines, it was apparent that they needed replacement. If yours are in similar condition, throw them out. If you can see corrosion around the swages and under the covering, it's time for them to go. I still have the recovering tubes I was going to use I went with Dyneema lifelines which has worked out really well. Was even able to use the old eyes and gates with a little creative rigging. The ends are lashed to the rails and are easily removable when in storage.
I don't have any good pictures but it was fairly simple to do. The 12 strand is very easy to splice. I took my gate hooks and threaded them directly into the eyes from the old wire system so that the result is a hook with an eye. This section is strung with a pc. of 3/8" Amsteel to the stern rail attachment. It has an eye spliced in which is about 6" short of the rail loop. In between the rail attachment and the Amsteel eye, I used smaller diameter (1/8"?) to lash with 4 loops and tie off. Amsteel DOES stretch over time so this lashing method works out very well and the 4:1 lashing lets you really tighten the lifelines nicely. On the bow section, I used the same method with a 3/8" s.s. shackle which acts as the stop at the gate stanchion and receives the gate hook. The lashing is the same up at the bow rail, using a long piece of small diam. line. I've had it on now for 4 years and it shows no signs of deterioration. The Amsteel seems to be really resistant to UV. Have also used it for my halyards and storm sail runners.Pictures? Reference books? More info? Please! Thinking of doing the same and I would love to have the benefit of your experience.
Fair winds and following seas.