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Old 17-07-2011, 09:51   #16
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

Thank you for the input...Uncoated it is.
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Thank you for the input...Uncoated it is.
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

This thread is of interest to me as I need to replace lifelines too. What do you think of this type of lashing system (or similar)? http://www.colligomarine.com/Synthetic-lifelines.htm
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

I prefer stainless lifelines since they cannot be cut with a sharp object.
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

stainless ones also cut the limbs off folks falling from masts--as good as a knife......i love my spectra ones-- nice n cute colors soft so dont hurt ye from falling on them
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

I lean on the lines with back and arms a lot when sailing and when working on the boat (without shirt). The vinyl coated ones feel fine on the skin. How about uncoated or synthetic?
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

I dunno why everyone seems to think coated lifelines need to be white. I have clear vinyl coated lines. I think they look better and certainly easier to inspect. That said, I'll eventually be moving to railing.
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

No problem with abrasion. My stanchions were solid with tapered holes. I could see there being a problem with thinner SS tubing or pipe however.
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I lean on the lines with back and arms a lot when sailing and when working on the boat (without shirt). The vinyl coated ones feel fine on the skin. How about uncoated or synthetic?
There are lifeline cushions you can buy to make them comfy for leaning against. These cushions still allow you to inspect the wire under them.

Taylor LC150.60 Lifeline Cushions 6ft 2/Bg
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I dunno why everyone seems to think coated lifelines need to be white. I have clear vinyl coated lines. I think they look better and certainly easier to inspect. That said, I'll eventually be moving to railing.
This is a good point.... but do you think the vinyl coating is of that much value with regard to how it feels on the skin on the odd occasion (relative term) one comes in contact with it? Would one not be just as well off without it?

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Lifeline danger!

So there I am a few months ago in steamy Malakal Harbor. Party on the neighbor boat. I decide to cool off with a swim so I've climbed over the bare stainless steel lifeline. Got my baggies on and hanging onto the shrouds about to dive in. Gotta make it a 10 because friends are watching. So give a big jump. Except the hem of the baggies are snagged somehow on the lifeline. I'm horizontal. Stopped dead in mid air six feet up. The baggies pulled down a foot. Then the magnificent painful perfect 10 bellyflop. Man did that hurt. Friends cheered though.
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

I don't much like lifelines as normally installed whether they're covered or not. Likely just as well off without the covering. Railing just seems to make more sense than either from a safety standpoint. Especially if it's a few inches taller than normal line height.
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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

Just purchased lifelines for the boat...

Went covered... I like to have constant contact with the lines on the boat when under way, covering is easier on the hands, especially when cold and wet...

Old lines are estimated to be original and that means they are about 30 years old... Long enough for me to replace with same, another 30 years... No, more like 10 next time.

Will research the dynema possibility... Have been on boats with it and seems to work well and is good on the legs and body parts when keeping constant contact moving about under way. The weight savings would be a plus but very small... The whole color thing now that is a different topic...

Just my .02 worth...
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In my opinion the average lifeline does nothing of the sort. The only proper way is railings 3 foot high like on amels.

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Re: Lifelines: Vinyl vs Uncoated

Coated for me, I like the feel of them better and the increased diameter with the vinyl makes leaning on them a lot more comfortable than bare (we had bare and switched back). We don't have the corrosion problems here in the PNW thanks to the frequent fresh water rinses provided by Mother Nature so that's not much of an issue for us.
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