How to measure your lifelines

Both sides of your lifelines will need to be measured as they are usually different.  Use a measuring tape that is long enough to measure the span between bow and stern pulpits.  Start at the bow with the tape on the bearing point of the pulpit eye.  The bearing point is the surface that the pin rests on inside the eye.  Run the tape down the side, outside of the stanchions, keeping it at the same height as the lifeline.  End at the bearing point of the eye that is at the stern.  Measurements should be to the nearest ¼ inch.

On each form there is a diagram that identifies each measurement that is required.  Select the form that represents your boat: no gate, aft gate, or mid-ship gate.

Please not that we cannot be responsible for errors made by you.  The most reliable way to ensure accurate measurement is to send us your old lifelines and we will do the measuring for you.  If you choose this option, it is important to include all fittings (turnbuckles, pelican hooks) in their original positions when the lifelines where on the boat.

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As an experienced rigging shop, we strongly recommend only using machine swage lifelines for the safety of you and your crew.  We have over 30 years of experience and the professional equipment to supply quality lifelines for your boat.  Contact us for any questions you might have.

For a quick estimate, complete the information to the right

For a detailed estimate that requires actual measurements, scroll down for forms to print and forms that can be filled in online.  If you don’t want to measure, your old lifelines can be shipped to us.  Just make sure that all fittings are in their original positions when the lifelines were on the boat.  Please note that we are not responsible for incorrect measurements that you may make


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Below are blank pdf forms you can print and complete with your measurements. It can then be submitted by email, mail or take a picture and submit via text message to 860-575-6985. Contact us if you have any questions.

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