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After a recent lifeline issue, this afternoon I replaced my upper lifelines. I removed the lowers, should I bother replacing or just stay with uppers only?
I have been coughs by the lowers a couple of times racing in heavy weather.
I you know that you want fall and slide on a sloping deck - just don't bother to install.
But if you ca avoid one mob situation is worth the money in my book.
 

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Yes, you want lowers. Pretty common to go scooting under. Doubles your chances of catching hold of something. Holds the sails on deck better too.
 

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I look around the marina, and probably 80% of boats only have an upper. I expect I'll end up fitting a lower anyway.
This is one of those times when the 80% is wrong. Toe rails too. It is sliding that I would worry about.
 

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I mostly singlehand, coastal/inshore in fairly protected waters, and daysailing I get the choice of going out in snorty weather or not. Anyway, I have made and fitted a new set of lifelines, uppers and lowers, in fancy high-tech line. That 12 strand stuff is so easy to splice.
 
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