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Old 11-05-2017, 07:12 AM   #1
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which, copper or aluminum ferrules

On swagging eyes for lifelines which to use cooper or aluminum ferrules? and why.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:35 AM   #2
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Sorry i can't spell either.
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The press fittings and swageless get kind of expensive and I'm trying to save some money.
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Stainless and aluminum dont enjoy saltwater together.

Cant say if copper is a good substitute.....but I believe it is what I mostly see.
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Copper. Pretty normal for marine use.

Aluminum would be bad with stainless; I've seen it only on cheap, lightly-loaded stuff ashore, never marine.

The mechanical terminals work well and really aren't that expensive. I've used Sta-Loc and the other common one is Norseman.

I'd have my lifelines made up and swaged stainless to stainless. Somehow 'lifeline' and 'save money', don't sit well together for me.
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Stainless only. 316 if they exist.
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If you are talking about Nicropress type sleeves, Tin Plated Copper is the recommended material for use with stainless cable.
NICOPRESS SLEEVES - MS51844 SERIES from Aircraft Spruce

Suncor makes some nice quick attach lifeline fittings that are easier to install than Norseman fittings.
Quick Attachâ„¢ Lifeline Kit w/ Gate - Closed Body | Suncor Stainless
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Well, blow me down! Nicropress makes stainless steel ferrules for stainless wire. They don't say which alloy of SS. You'll have to page way down: Wire Rope | Nicopress
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"I've used Sta-Loc and the other common one is Norseman."

This is the way to go if the boat is a keeper.

Reuse the expensive ends , which look good, and just toss the wire as needed.

When its time to sell the boat "curb appeal" is a big factor, cheap klugy lifelines make buyers wonder where else costs were saved, as they first climb aboard..
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