It was time for new lifelines
on Laurie Anne, actually well past time but I knew it was going to be a pain and expensive so I'd been putting it off. I debated different ways to go about it (take them to local riggers (which I haven't had great luck with on other projects), buy the wire and fittings and have the swages done somewhere, etc.) when I thought I would PM Knothead here since I had learned so much from his many posts. I'm really glad I did. Knotty (Steve) walked me through the whole thing and one week from when I mailed the old ones to him I had the new ones in my hands and they fit perfectly. All I had to do was take the old ones off the boat, remove the eyebolts and the pelican hooks for the gates, put them in a flat rate box from the USPS ($10 - no weight limit) and send them off. Steve gave me detailed intstructions on how to disassemble the pieces (eyebolts have loctite on threads so you need to heat before undoing the 5/16" LEFT hand threads, use soft jaws on vice, etc, etc). The whole project
couldn't have been easier, and it was very reasonable too. I would highly recommend PM'ing Steve if you have lifelines
to do, or any other rigging
needs. Thanks again Knotty!