After Jim's goo-fest, we moved "REPLACE LIFELINES" from #20 on the list to #1. We ordered the material from Downwind Marine in San Diego (the least expensive place we found) and brought it back to Mexico with us on one of the many trips we made this year to the USA. Jim ordered an extra 10' - in case there were measuring mistakes. That was so smart - there were definitely mistakes!! The stainless shackles we got for a good deal HERE.
|Burying the core|
neither one of us had ever actually made an eyesplice before, but I have seen Doug, the old salty sailmaker, do them plenty of times. I was the winner.
|Splicer's Fid Kit|
|Lashing the finished product !|
Interestingly enough, splicing, I discovered, peaks the interest of Lookie-Loos who wander by daily - checking out the progress and clucking their approval. (Ladies! If you are single and want to catch the attention of some rascally sailors - I recommend splicing. Of course, it would be cheaper and easier to announce on the Net you have free beer.)
Total cost for Spectra line, thimbles and shackles came to $179 US.
Anyone who is considering replacing lifeline with Spectra should read this PDF - written in 2013 - and very comprehensive. It gives recommendations of the size of line for your boat length and types of recommended splices for your specific line.
And because I enjoy them so, here are some more of Jim's La Paz photos:
|A beautiful day under a tree at Playa Bonanza - my favorite beach near La Paz|
|A Green Heron who visited us next door|
|Beach Balloon - or Puffer gone belly up?|
|An evening in Marina Don Jose|