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How about a reflecting mirror for daytime signaling, and a flasher for nightime, attached to the life jacket? Besides the whistle, I mean.
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A very important factor here is the direction of the load versus the run of the jackline. So a line runs parallel to the boat, fore and aft. A falling load (e.g. me) slips off the rail and into the water. The force of my weight is pulling in the middle of the jackline. This means the line has to hold my weight times the shock load times a multiplier (200% at least) due to the vector force.

This having been said, I agree there is a very large safety factor. But allowing for wear & tear, UV degredation, shock factor, vector forces, I like the idea of a large safety factor.
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Abbott drogue

Capt Abbott has a wonderful way of rigging a drogue using 200' of line, looped off the the 2 aft winches. This way one may add or delete drag by sliding more stuff down the loop with shackles.
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[QUOTE=xxuxx;600481]Capt Abbott has a wonderful way of rigging a drogue using 200' of line, looped off the the 2 aft winches. This way one may add or delete drag by sliding more stuff down the loop with shackles.[/QUOTE]


Yes, I thought that was clever too.

A few months ago I pulled several drogues through the water, pulled warps with weight added, and addapted what data I could find from other sources. This rather long post was the result:
http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2010/03/sea-brake-24-test-in-calm-weather-but.html
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What about those net webbing that I see some boats on their life lines

Are those of any value? Do they really keep crew members from falling overboard ?

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They are great in keeping loose sails, kids and animals from going overboard. I took the ones on my boat off because they really got in the way of docklines and haven't missed them since, but I do have roller-furling for the headsail and don't need to drop any sails on deck.
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Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

I recently thought about this, and the requirements for flares:
http://sailingwithkids.net/2014/01/03/uscg-vs-solas-flares-for-offshore-sailing/

I'd be curious to see a realistic and honest update.

There has been a strong argument made that with modern tools such as EPRIB’s, AIS and PLB’s, signal flares hardly get used:

“The Royal Yachting Association of Britain is pressing for their removal as a requirement for seafarers. They are insisting that no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology. In today’s modern age there is no compelling case to support the mandatory requirement of flares as a practical and useful method of initiating a distress alert and location.”
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Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

From an experienced delivery captain, here is what I have found. While EPIRB etc etc are great, there is another dimension from the coast guard perspective. It changes lat/long (2 dimensions) to 3 dimensions from the verticle smoke in daytime, making it just that much easier to spot you. At night it is the light from flares that pinpoint your position, especially in 20+ foot seas.
For any delivery crew of mine, all crew must wear a strobe in case of accidental overboard at night. One as no idea how valuable it can be at night versus a sound device, which IMHO doesn't do crap at night.
In short, both are needed. Better to be over safe than under safe.
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Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

[quote=xxuxx;1317586]It changes lat/long (2 dimensions) to 3 dimensions from the verticle smoke in daytime, making it just that much easier to spot you.[/quote]

I'd be curious to find data from the coast guard about what aspects led to finding people to-be-rescued. Smoke? Flares? GPS? VHF? etc etc

ISAF regs ask for just 2 smokes. To be useful you'd need a) to see/hear the coasties coming and b) have some left........
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Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

While on the topic of life saving I've often thought that, given a lot of us are old farts, money well spent would go to an onboard AED. not a nautical thing, but might be real useful.
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