I find this thread funny.
On one end, there are people that will buy the best and sue if it fails.
On the other end, there are ones that hook it up and use it.
I lean more towards the latter. You hook a line up to pull your 20,000 lb sailboat upwind without worrying about it, so whatís the big deal about hooking a line to your body. Sure Iíd test it, at the dock. Do a couple of falls, see how it feels. adjust the lengths.
I do admit, Iím an engineer, so I take this stuff for granted, but if you want to buy or build a tether, go for it. Itís better than not using one.
BTW: This is my next project, so letís keep talking about it.
If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.
- E.B. White