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Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

a. Mainsail hit it on the head. I've seen many lifelines damaged when a fender got caught under a dock, and I'm sure many more are loosened. Your funeral. When I see fenders hung from lifelines it screams "unseaman like" to me. Tie them to the toe rail or equivalent.

b. Zeehag, your understanding of fall control systems is limited. They will absolutely catch folks that are smart enough to get low when it gets rough and they have saved many. More importantly, many sailors (landsmen) make poor use of lifelines, pressing down on them the way you would a railing; you PULL UP on them and to one side, to keep your feet on the deck. While you are welcome to practice what you like, spreading a gospel that is unsound could hurt someone. Instead, preach that standing tall in rough conditions is unseaman like.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber

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