Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
No turnbuckles, no gate fittings, none of that stuff that can fail and kill. A good friend of us went overboard
mid Atlantic because of these.
Lashings instead of turnbuckles. Splices and knots instead of gate fittings. Looks fantastic and seamanlike too.
If your stanchions are drilled through with sharp edges, use a Dremel to round the sharp edges or, much better, use a larger drill to enlarge the holes to a diameter that will accept pieces of a small diameter 316 pipe. Insert the pipe pieces and keep in place with any method (epoxy glue or tap with mallet and tool to enlarge edge diameter etc.)
My lower lifeline holes in the stanchions were sharpish too but the line is fine after 9 years... a little chafing is visible but nothing warranting replacement yet. The upper lifeline is a different story as it gets handled a lot and would chafe badly. Luckily my stanchions have thimble-like holes there with zero chafing issues.
All depends on use. I like pelican hooks for when on hook, docked, coastal cruising but if offshore
I would lash the pelican hook with spectra or similar as failsafe.
Rest sounds good!