Well I messed with the lifelines
a bit today and have the first one installed, though with temporary hitches. Turns out my stanchions do have plastic inserts at the top lifeline hole anyway.
I have some cheap
ice maker tubing protecting the Dyneema
where it wraps around the cap shroud
, just for the moment.
I'm going to order 100 feet of 3/8" white HDPE tubing, It's Polyethylene Oddly the same material as Dyneema
and run that over the Dyneema for UV protection. Cheaper then paint
and will look like normal lifelines
, when it's done.
I was going to use black tubing, but that would get hot. Only 21 cents a foot on amazon. And it takes the lifelines back to 3/8" outside dia. while providing strength equal to steel
lifelines that does not degrade via UV at a price
, 1/3 of double braid dyneema. The ends I'll do something like parcel and serve for UV protection.
I'll probably get a bit of copper tube for where the lifeline rub on the shrouds. That should solve that chaff issue.
I still need a few more thimbles for my snap shackle gate hooks to do the eye splices on that end.
So it's coming along and I think it will be functional and durable/ uv protected for a pretty cheap price
. A good engineered solution...