Originally Posted by rjcaudle
Preparing for offshore sailing. After some experience and a lot of reading, I am curious about what experienced offshore sailors actually do. The more I read, the more problems seem to come up. Even using tethers there have been drownings after being dragged beside or behind boat, equipment failures, etc.
Question for the experienced?
1. Do you use jack lines and when?
2. How are they rigged to provide true safety?
NC Newbie heading for Bermuda in Spring
I don't really sail "offshore". My boat has (well, just sold her, now shopping) a 10 ft beam.
If in rough weather, low visibility or alone I run a single jackline from a cleat mid bow down the center line of my boat.
My tether has a three foot and six foot attachment.
I always use the three foot attachment unless I need to stand up and reach something. Then I clip on the six foot lead before un-clipping and visa versa.
The key is:
Use handholds and keep your center of gravity as low as possible.
Make the fall as short as possible to avoid injury.
To keep yourself inside the lifelines if you fall.
In other words, work as though you where not clipped on, even when you are.
I see jacklines run down the port and starboard outside the stays all the time. for the life of me, I can't imagine why.