Lifelines

 

Roller Swage & Splicing Services

 

Because vinyl coatings cause premature wire failure due to water retention and prevents proper visual inspection of the wire condition, we use only uncoated 1 x 19 stainless steel wire which is required to satisfy ORC safety requirements.  Because uncoated wire is smaller in diameter, it is not unusual for boat owners to upsize their upper lifeline wire diameter to make it more comfortable to grab and hold by hand, if they are replacing coated lifelines.

All of our wire lifeline assemblies are constructed with roller-swaged terminations, which retain 100% of the wire's breaking strength.  We do not offer finished lifelines using crimp swages, which only retains 65% - 70% of the wire's breaking strength.  Roller swaging is by definition "cold roll forging".  This process forces the strands of wire and the terminal together under great pressure, causing a bond that cannot be separated even if the wire is pulled in excess of its breaking strength.  We use precision mechanical swaging machines to reduce work hardening of the fittings making our swages safer, straight, stronger and longer lasting.

We can make lightweight, Dyneema lifelines made with spliced WR2 .

 

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Roller Swaging & Splicing Services

 

 Below represents the most frequntly used swages for producing lifelines.  Other terminations are used as requested.

 

 rigging life line turnbuckle waged to wire

Roller Swage

Lifeline turnbuckle swaged to 1 x 19 stainless steel wire.

Rigging Charge: $8.00 per 1/16" - 5/32" swage
Rigging Charge: $14.00 per 3/16"+ swage 

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 rigging life line gate hook swaged to wire

Roller Swage

Lifeline gate hook swaged to 1 x 19 stainless steel wire.

Rigging Charge: $8.75 per 1/16" - 5/32" swage
Rigging Charge: $15.00 per 3/16"+ swage 

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 rigging lifeline eye swaged to wire

Roller Swage

Lifeline eye swaged to 1 x 19 stainless steel wire.

Rigging Charge: $8.75 per 1/16" - 5/32" swage
Rigging Charge: $15.00 per 3/16"+ swage 

How to order rigging


 rigging lifeline double eye swaged to wire

Roller Swage

Lifeline double eye swaged to 1 x 19 stainless steel wire.

Rigging Charge: $8.75 per 1/16" - 5/32" swage
Rigging Charge: $15.00 per 3/16"+ swage 

How to order rigging


 life line spectra spiced

Spliced Dyneema

We can make light weight, fibrous lifelines with spliced WR2 From New England Ropes.  These are less expensive, much lighter, easier to install and uninstall than wire lifelines.  They require stantions with thru holes that have smooth ferrules to protect the Dyneema line from chafe.  One end is luggage tagged to a stantion.  The thimble is removed from the other eye splce, and the lifeline is run through the stantions.  The thimble is reinserted in the end which is about 4" shy in length of the opposite pulpit, and lashed to the attachment point using small diameter, high tech line.  This type of lifeline requires regular inspection for wear.  These are available for continuous, one-piece lifelines (no gates) only.

Rigging Charge: $27.50 per High Tech Eye Splice (luggage tag eye with cover)

Rigging Charge: $13.25 per 12-strand eye (eye around the thimble)

How to order rigging

APS Advisor Expert Video Reviews of WR2 and Dyneema Lifelines

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