Originally Posted by hellosailor
And with jack's mention of hatches, what is anyone doing to ensure that hatchboards can't be lost during a knock-down? Just keeping the hatch itself closed over them? Or pinning through them?
Usually the answer is "nothing" and I keep wondering what other alternatives there are.
With multi-piece boards - attach eye screws/bolts and run a line through them. You could tie the line to another eye attached to the boat.
I have been on boats with hinged boards that are attached to either side of the companionway.
The C&C 44 has a board that is only about 3-4 inches high.
The bigger concern for me is getting pooped which is more probable than a knockdown.
On tethers - my preference is to place tethers at convenient spots and boat and then use the appropriate tether. I like about 4 in the cockpit, one is each corner. Two on each jackline, one at the base of the mast and one on the bow. You attach the new one before releasing the old one. This does not work with Spinlock tethers which are cow hitched to the vest.