I would certainly agree wholeheartedly with what the guys above have written. Their experience shows.
I would only add that I am always looking at improving this system. Currently I do not like long jacklines. If you have 20'-30' of jackline where a wave can bowl you over, you can slide along until you reach the end of your tether. 20+' is a long distance and will hurt or break something.
I use a short jackline to the mast on either side. I have another short set from mast to bow and a third from cockpit to stern. I am used to having 2 tethers and clip next on before unclipping first if I need to go right up the bow.
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