Originally Posted by TakeFive
Originally Posted by JonEisberg
... However, the focus on "gear" and gadgets never ceases to amuse...
As the OP for this thread, I think getting advice on harnesses and tethers is an appropriate topic for SailNet, and does not fall into the category of focusing on "gadgets." A harness is a pretty basic requirement for offshore, and a prudent thing for singlehanding.
The other skills of moving around the boat are also beneficial, and should be discussed and practiced too.
But I don't think my question was frivolous or inappropriate.
Safe practices are critically important, but they are not a substitute for clipping in.
My apologies, I didn't intend to imply that it was... My point was more to the fact that such focus on equipment is repeated annually in all of the respective "Safety at Sea" issues of the various sailing mags, and yet discussions of the mental and physical/athletic aspects of moving about boats at sea remain essentially ignored...