Originally Posted by Victory49
Go uncoated. I have vinyl and wished I had plain. Some races offshore
won't let you race
with coated these days because of the reasons above
BTW, ISAF now allows Amsteel and the like for lifelines, new policy for this year.
3.14.6 Lifeline Minimum Diameters, Required Materials, Specifications
a) Lifelines shall be of :
- stranded stainless steel wire or
- single-braided Dyneema® rope
b) The minimum diameter is specified in table 8 below.
c) Stainless steel lifelines shall be uncoated and used without closefitting
sleeving, however, temporary sleeving may be fitted provided
it is regularly removed for inspection
d) When stainless wire is used, Grade 316 is recommended.
e) When Dyneema® is used, Grade SK75 or SK78 is recommended.
f) A taut lanyard of synthetic rope
may be used to secure lifelines
provided the gap it closes does not exceed 100 mm (4 in). This
lanyard shall be replaced annually at a minimum.
g) All wire, fittings, anchorage points, fixtures and lanyards shall
comprise a lifeline enclosure system which has at all points at least
the breaking strength of the required lifeline wire.
minimum wire or rope diameter
under 8.5 m (28ft) 3 mm (1/8 in)
8.5m - 13 m 4 mm (5/32 in)
over 13 m (43 ft) 5 mm (3/16 in)
3.14.7 Pulpits, Stanchions, Lifelines - Limitations on Materials
Stainless will certainly last longer, but fiber has a much kinder hand.
Abrasion on stanchions? No problem on my boat as the holes are large, beveled and pollished, but that really depends on the boat. I would think that air line could work well.