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    Default New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Need to change my plastic coated guard rails to 5mm 1x19 uncoated. My thinking is to DIY it with a swageless fork at one end, a swageless eye at the other and then simply take up the slack with some line that can easily be cut free if required.

    Any other suggestions? Any good value suppliers that you can recommend?

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Stanley knife blade along the coated ones?

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Quote Originally Posted by awol View Post
    Stanley knife blade along the coated ones?
    Thanks AWOL, have checked the wire and it is getting rusty enough to make a change. Been on there for 15 years now.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Use pelican hooks. Quicker to release; don't need unravelling with cold fingers or slicing with a knife. Quickly re-tensioned.
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Might be cheaper and easier to get them made by Jimmy Green Marine.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Anyone tried Dyneema? Would cost about 200 but an interesting option.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Quote Originally Posted by daverebbettes View Post
    Anyone tried Dyneema? Would cost about 200 but an interesting option.
    OSR 3.14 covers lifelines and prescribes stranded stainless steel wire. References to Dyneema etc. have been deleted.
    You may not be going ocean racing but the OSR rules are a good place to get safety details.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Quote Originally Posted by daverebbettes View Post
    Anyone tried Dyneema? Would cost about 200 but an interesting option.
    Yes. Very successful. Can only speak for Marlow d12 max which is exceptionally chafe resistant, much nicer one the hands and easier to hang the washing on. I used 5mm. 3800kg max breaking load, sk99.
    Not cheap but you save on staging.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Quote Originally Posted by awol View Post
    OSR 3.14 covers lifelines and prescribes stranded stainless steel wire. References to Dyneema etc. have been deleted.
    You may not be going ocean racing but the OSR rules are a good place to get safety details.
    From memory that was based on 1 incident a while ago and there was no reference to the different types of dyneema with anti chafe /uv coatings available.

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    Default Re: New Lifelines (Guard Rails)

    Changed mine with the help of Force 4 the chandlers at Deacons Boatyard. They do an on line kit but just popped in and they made it up on the spot. I just cut it to length once on board.

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