Inspect your Lifelines

It is important to regularly inspect your lifelines as well as all other rigging and make repairs, as necessary.  We suggest an annual inspection and prior to a big event such as a race or offshore passage.  Here is a list of items to check.  As always, contact us if you have any questions or need any advice.

  • Make sure all bases have set screws tightened down. If any of these signs are found, there is a potential for failure, and we recommend you hire a qualified rigger for repair.
  • Check for heavy rust and corrosion on all wire, swage fittings, turnbuckles, pelican hooks, and gate eyes.
  • Look for broken strands on the wire and heavy corrosion and rust.
  • Check that lock nuts are in place and tight. Over time, they can loosen and allow turnbuckles and pelican hooks to loosen.
  • Check that cotter rings or pins are in place. Sheets can accidentally pull these out.
  • On white coated lifelines, check the PVC coating. As the coating ages it will shrink and crack which allows water to enter.  This will cause corrosion and weaken the wire.  Look for rust stains on the PVC material at the swage fitting and at any cracks.

Clear evidence of lifeline damage.
These would need immediate attention

Sailboat Lifelines is your dependable source.

Our 30+ years of experience ensures you will get quality lifelines in a timely manner.
Contact us for questions and advice on your lifeline project