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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.
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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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Re: Safety netting for kids

I like wire ties for top because they are easy to cut away if needed and easy to refresh. Very strong and cheap. Just an option.
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I like wire ties for top because they are easy to cut away if needed and easy to refresh. Very strong and cheap. Just an option.
I like the wire ties idea, that was what I was thinking. The bungee cord for the bottom is a great idea. Thanks for the suggestions so far.
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Not recommended, kids, dogs et al can go right over the top. Use instead a recommended tether/jackline. The bungee idea sounds good, but remember, does it take more or less than 20lbs to stretch, and what's your g-daughter's weight.

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Here's a opinon; I just did a 40 footer and if you're going to do it do it right.

That mean weaving the top lifeline threw the netting and using a taught line at the bottom, if that means adding hardware, add hardware.

The use of zipties should only be used when laying it out, not as a final fastener

This 40 footer had a solid SS top rail and I used a guilt stitch and 300 ft of 1/8" black tuna line to secure the netting at the top and 200 SS fasteners and 100 ft of 1/8" white tuna line as a taught line.

So you can make it look fantastic and enhance the look if you choose

Like I said, that was only a opinon
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Re: Safety netting for kids

I installed safety netting with line ties as an additional precaution for my 2 year old son, who always wears a harness. It seems to have worked fine. Although it may not ultimately prevent a hard fall overboard, it would certainly slow down a fall and provide an additional hand hold.

I have also been very pleased with its effectiveness in keeping my hank-on jibs on the foredeck when dousing them singlehanded. Now, I would install one on any future boat simply for the ease of sail handing.
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Where can you buy the net?
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I like wire ties for top because they are easy to cut away if needed and easy to refresh. Very strong and cheap. Just an option.
I elected not to use wire ties because of our locale (southwest Florida) where even black ties deteriorate and weaken quickly in the sun. They may be an option further north, however. Further, note that our daughter was always tethered when she went on deck--except when she wasn't. One can never tell when a child might manage to get on deck untethered, regardless of how watchful her/his parents are. It happens. The netting is a safety precaution, but not a substitute for vigilance. In re: bungie cord for the bottom of the netting, we found that it worked best if stretched such that it was fully extended when the mid-point between stanchions could be raised about 6" off the deck/toe-rail. That was enough to pass a line but not a kid/dog.

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