Life Sling Problem

Posted 8/9/2011

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We've had our yellow Life Sling on SHEARWATER for many years, and have never actually used the safety device in an actual Man Overboard Situation.  The last time we had inspected the device was several years ago when we 'refurbished' the Life Sling container (see Refurbishing Horseshoe Life Rings And Life Slings).  

We recently needed to remove our Life Sling from our boat in order to repair a deteriorated seam on the Life Sling container.    When we took the Life Sling and the floating polypropylene retrieving line out of the Life Sling container, we noticed what looked like a 'squirrel's nest' inside the container.  

This Photo Shows the Breaks in the Life Sling Retrieving Line

This Is A Close Up of the Above Photo

Subsequent inspection of the floating polypropylene retrieving line showed that the line had been chewed in two in several places - possibly by a seafaring squirrel or mouse??  We live in a very rural area, and although we've never been bothered by squirrels or mice aboard SHEARWATER, such critters certainly have the opportunity to find shelter - especially in the Life Sling container.

SOOOO, our advice is to periodically check the integrity of your Life Sling and its components.  If we had needed to deploy this device in the event of an actual emergency, the results could have been disastrous.................

Submitted by:

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

SHEARWATER - 1975 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl (Hull # 157)
Kinsale, VA