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Re: Safety netting for kids
We are thinking of putting up safety nets for when our 4 year old granddaughter is aboard. Anyone have any experience with safety nets? Are they effective? We didn't have to for the older ones but this one is completely different and into everything, so we are worried about her.
We used netting on our boat from the time my daughter was an infant until she was about 7-8 years old. The netting extended from the pushpit to the bow-pulpit on either side of the yacht and was secured to the upper life-lines with a continuous line wrapped over the top life-line and through the netting between stanchions. The bottom of the netting was secured by 1/4" Dia bungee cords that were stretched between the stanchions, passing in-and out of each square of the mesh on the bottom edges and attached to each stanchion base with clove hitches. With the bungee cords, one could raise the netting enough to pass lines underneath without difficulty but the munchkin couldn't get under the net. This arrangement kept child and toys and various gear aboard the yacht without any difficulties and gave us some peace of mind when she was on deck (even though she was also tethered to the yacht whenever she was on deck).
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