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Old 04-13-2006, 05:06 PM
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Default Amsteel Lifelines

I'm planning to replace my vinyl coated lifelines with Amsteel and had several questions.

Do most use 1/4" or 5/16"? The stanchions will accomodate the larger line, so I'm leaning toward it thinking it may last longer. Any thoughts?

On the ends, I'm planning to put thimbles in the eye's. Is that the usual practice?

Lastly, what's a good target length for the lashings?

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Old 04-13-2006, 05:31 PM
Bob Pingel Bob Pingel is offline
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Default Check out the Johnson hardware

CS Johnson developed hardware for fiber lifelines last year. Might be worth checking out.

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Old 04-14-2006, 07:24 AM
Brion Toss Brion Toss is offline
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Default Spectra lifelines

1/4" is standard, and will last many years, and the splices will usually fit through the stanchions, so you can splice both ends in the shop. But we often use 5/16" on boats going South, so UV simply won't be an issue. The larger line is also nicer to lean or land on.
As Bob noted, Johnson makes great hardware for Spectra lifelines. You can splice directly to this, though we usually ring-hitch on, in case you need to replace the hardware or some such. We put thimbles (usually round sail thimbles) at the lashing ends, for smoother take-up, and lash to a bail or shackle on the stanchion, or occasionally the stanchion itself. We use either 1/8" Spectra or nylon lashing twine.
There is a lot of constructional stretch in Spectra, about a foot in 50', so be generous in spacing. But also bear in mind that the splices will take up some length, 2 or 3 inches each, so be sure to compensate for this, especially in the short runs.
For the gate, we usually make a grommet, as the run is so short that eyesplices will back into each other.

Fair leads,
Brion Toss
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Old 04-14-2006, 04:12 PM
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Thanks! You continue to be highly informative, as always!

The ring hitch is a great idea, and I expect I'll go with it. I'll probably go with 1/4 as well, since I'm in Maine and UV isn't that great an issue here.

Thanks again,
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