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As soon as my daughter began to crawl, we sewed her first harness (1-inch webbing) and started clipping her on, not to the jacklines but to an even more limited area. But we also used it on-deck at anchor and at dock. Certainly there was CLOSE parental attention, but it did make things a bit more relaxing.
As a result, now 15, she has no memory of a time harnesses and jacklines were not a part of life.
Particular problems? When she was very young she would ONLY sleep if the engine was on, and thus we sometimes sailed with the motor idling, but not in gear! Otherwise, it was simpler than car trips.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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