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And if you are wearing an inflatable and hit the water, it is going to inflate, even while you are still tethered, adding drag and making getting back on deck a lot harder. Better to run the jacklines to prevent a fall outside the lifelines.
If over the side, climbing up can be impossible due to height or water movement, so a plan, made in advance, to get around to the stern is advisable. That needs to be considered: if the jack lines are set up to allow a person to go over, they must allow the person to get around to the relative calm astern, and hopefully a boarding ladder or platform.
Last edited by allendick; 08-26-2008 at 08:12 PM.