Thanks zz, I'll try that stuff next time I get a chance (Hopefully again this fall). I really didn't know what to do with the pole. I'll make sure to keep it perpendicular to the wind and try adjusting its height while trimming the lines.
Thanks John for the encouragement!
SD, I also tried setting up some jack lines for the first time. The best I could figure out was tying to the mast where the spinnaker pole hooks in about six feet up. This kept my tether from tangling too bad on hand holds etc on the deck, allowed me to clip on in the cockpit, and reach the bow.
I still would be dragged along overboard if I fell near the mast. I'm still not sure of the wisdom of the jacklines. I'm a good swimmer and often wear a wetsuit while single handing. I feel like I'd have a fighting chance if I went over a mile or two from shore.
On the other hand, if I'm clipped in and fall over, I could be dragged for miles and miles. My boat really does sail itself on a reach for hours at a time sometimes.
Gemini Catamaran Split Decision
Last edited by NautiG; 10-27-2009 at 02:37 PM.