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Richard Ritchie View Drop Down
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    Posted: 15 Apr 2015 at 10:43pm
You are advised to check any buoyant ropes attached to rescue slings or life rings. 
The yellow rope attached to mine degraded to dust in less than 2 seasons, at the sunlight exposed part where it was tied to the pushpit. 
This was far from obvious, so is potentially dangerous.
Baltic were very helpful, but have alerted me to a line in their instructions advising that the end of the rope is cut off each season and a new part attached, to avoid this problem.  (I had not been aware of this)
My experience shows this to be an essential piece of maintenance.  This floating rope degrades fast in sunlight.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2015 at 7:16am
Some manufacturers avoid this problem by sleeving the exposed part in tubular webbing
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The same issue applies if you use a thin rope lashing on the guard wires/lifelines.   ISAF Racing rules require you to replace these AT LEAST once a year due to UV degradation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 8:17pm
Good reminder re guardrail lashings. I will replace them on Muscadet when I next go racing.
Incidentally lashings seem to be the choice rather than shackles or those bits with pins & circlips - interesting that when we were caught in 85knots off Le Havre during a Cowes to Deauville Race the clips let go! However the fact that the wires went slack saved my life when I fell overboard (I was able to catch a loop hanging down)
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