[Public-list] rope life lines

Gordon Laco mainstay at csolve.net
Wed Sep 15 13:41:26 PDT 2004

Hi there - 

There is nothing wrong with rope lifelines so long as the ends are secured
properly - slices and thimbles etc.    Lanyards do a good job for

Gord #426 Surprise

> I read that article and at the time needed to replace my lifelines. I
> tried it back then and am still using the same lines. I think they are
> 3/16th's" double-braid (that I was going to use for light air sheets)
> for the length and then the article explained how to tie a shorter
> section loops on one end so you could adjust for the stretch over time.
> They will probably last another year or so until I can get the time to
> put on "real" lifelines. They were white with red flecks and now are
> totally white. A little wear at the upper shroud but I put a 2" wrap of
> tape there and it's fine. Lots of comments about being "different" but
> they look good. I just say, "Didn't you know that this is what the
> cruisers are doing now" and they stop talking about me!
> Bill Blevins
> Sabrina #158
> --
> brian curry wrote:
>> Has anyone had experience with "rope lifelines?"  An article in
>> Practical Sailor March 2003, (haven't seen article, just heard about
>> it), address the possibility.  I need new lines and was just
>> wondering.  sounds like it's less expensive, but wonder about
>> durability, cosmetics, stretch, wear, etc.  Any ideas?
>> Brian Curry
>> Makai #151
>> Tampa Bay
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