Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
harness alone is a good option, and one I'm also considering.
That is what I do most of the time. Clip in as soon as I clear the slip. My set up, jack-lines and tether length, varies with conditions and type of trip. The bottom line is "do not go over the side" not just "stay attached to the boat". About the only time I am not clipped in is when I am on the bow to raise the anchor in calm conditions and walk back to the cockpit and then clip in. Rough conditions I maintain the tether or a damn good hold at all times unless I am below. Short tethers can be a pain but you learn to work around it. I have gotten so used to the harness I feel naked without it. I add my pfd with strobe and whistle for offshore and very rough conditions.
I have set up the MC for single-handing as that is how I sail most of the time and she has wide side decks, high toe rail, good hand holds and lifelines. But even with crew I try to follow the same rules.
Dan S/V Marian Claire