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Old 17 October 2016, 15:03   #1
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Securing lifelines to D rings

Is there a best/correct way to attach lifelines to D rings? What knots to use? Slack lifelines or tight? Tied to each ring? Tried my best not to ask another question but after searching online for hours and looking at countless pictures I'm still none the wiser! Thanks yet again guys for your help and imput
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Is there a best/correct way to attach lifelines to D rings? What knots to use? Slack lifelines or tight? Tied to each ring? Tried my best not to ask another question but after searching online for hours and looking at countless pictures I'm still none the wiser! Thanks yet again guys for your help and imput
Well...I DID have 3/4" lifelines fitted to my Ribcraft,they were fitted via "D rings" inturn glued via patches to the Tubes....,each one was spliced in somehow...
Anyway...I soon decided I didn't like the way they flapped around made a noise when underway,and also messed up my newly polished Tubes!
After some thought I removed the "D rings" (cut them through and threaded each out of the Hyperlon loop) it was a simple matter of then using 1/2"rope (of a better quality) and threading that through loops now left...I used multi strand,and got an old boy I know ex Navy to splice both ends...after pulling it tight...
Much cleaner lines,no flapping around,and still have useable and practical Lifelines if ever needed.
If the loops that hold the "D rings" are big/wide enough that's the way to go IMO.
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That's what is on it now, not pretty!
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Straight through the rings and spliced would look a lot more professional than this!!
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That's what is on it now, not pretty!
That's how mine looked BEFORE the mod I describe...looks like you can do the same.
It looks much better and performs better for me.
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Not sure I'll cut the rings out, might try passing through them for now. All looks very well glued and would only leave a very small loop to pass rope through. Scared I'd make it worse!
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Not sure I'll cut the rings out, might try passing through them for now. All looks very well glued and would only leave a very small loop to pass rope through. Scared I'd make it worse!
You'd be better off leaving as is Rather than thread through the D's I reckon.
Just measure the loop that holds them on...you'll soon know if it'll take the Rope or not.
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I'll get a look tomorrow, been checking out how to splice rope, I'll post a few pics if I manage it!!
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...after pulling it tight...
So, Mr Maximus, your lifelines are taut against the tube?

Fully undertstand that that stops them flapping around and wearing against your beautiful tubes - the wear they made on my tubes was surprising when polishing them up, but from a preactical point of view, if they are taut how would someone in the water be able to grab hold of them - unless that's not their function,...or am I missing a point?
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So, Mr Maximus, your lifelines are taut against the tube?



Fully undertstand that that stops them flapping around and wearing against your beautiful tubes - the wear they made on my tubes was surprising when polishing them up, but from a preactical point of view, if they are taut how would someone in the water be able to grab hold of them - unless that's not their function,...or am I missing a point?

My lines are tight for similar reasons to Maxi's, admittedly not as easy to grab as a loose dangly one would be, but still grabbable all the same, a drowning man wouldn't have a problem.
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