The path out of the cockpit to the deck on our Passport 47 is narrow and we always found ourselves grabbing the wire life lines for support. This can be dangerous if you miss and hard on the hands is you are in a rough seaway. Finally I decided to replace that section of wire with 1 inch stainless tube. All I did was have a split fitting welded to one end and the other was welded to the first stanchion. If I need to remove the section it is still possible. Wow what a difference, easy to grab, secure, and best of all Sue loves it!!