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Old 18 April 2014, 14:30   #1
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Does anybody know where I can get replacements for the little metal rings that the all round lifelines go through on the SIB?

It's seems the factory ones are a bit cheap and cheerful and are starting to fall apart. Ideally I would like to replace them with stainless ones.

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Old 18 April 2014, 14:37   #2
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brass ones ! decent camping shops sometimes sell kits ,
Stainless ones ! i would try proper sailing chandlers .
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Old 18 April 2014, 15:09   #3
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Eyelets!! It was on the tip of my tongue what they were called.

I'll have a look for some thanks.
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Unless you done it before you really need the right size die & punch for crimping / forming them together some come as part of a kit ,though you can if stuck carefully do it with a ball pein hammer
it can get a bit fiddly for the lifeline bolt/ coller as it wobbles about ,,
best i found is to get someone to hold a sledge hammer against the fabric so its solid then you can tap /crimp the 2 halves together making a better job .
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Thanks for your help.

I've found some brass ones with the tool for a reasonable price.

Will brass be suitable? Or will the salt water damage them?
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As long as they they are brass , some say there brass but are just plated ,
You should get a few a few years out of them even if they aren't.
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I would recommend stainless. The brass will corrode and leave stains. As stated above it takes a pretty hefty die to crimp them properly. A supplier should have all you need in stock to DIY. With that said it might be worth a call to a sail maker and ask how much they would charge.
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