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Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

I have been looking at a few boats and a couple have safety lines that stop at the front of the cockpit. I am wondering if it would be possible to add them around the cockpit?

One is a 1976 O'Day 25, the other is a 1977 Catalina 25.

I have looked at Catalina direct and don't really see anything that I think will work, but I do have this same question submitted to the them.

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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

Just looking at pictures of Catalina 25's, it looks like many had lifelines going to and around the stern. Catalina might well have your extra stanchions or pushpit railing. But even if they didn't, you could have this fabricated.
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

safety lines ?

like jacklines that allow you to connect a body harness to keep you connected to the boat ?

Or lifelines the cables that run from the stern pulpit to the bow pulpit ?
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

Sorry, Yes this question is about lifelines.

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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

boating tom, What you are looking for is called a “push-pit” (the opposite of a “pulpit”, that is on the bow). Most small boats don’t have push-pits as standard equipment. If they have life lines at all, they will terminate them to the deck after the last stanchion. Catalina does offer push-pits as an option for your boat but shipping such a bulky item from Florida will be expensive. Get a quote from your local Stainless steel fabricator as they can probably make one cheaper. Check out the C25 owners website for design ideas.
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

It would be a lot cheaper and easier to get a harness and tether and just attach yourself to something fashioned in the middle of the cockpit. Tethers are much better at keeping one from going overboard than lifelines.
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

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It would be a lot cheaper and easier to get a harness and tether and just attach yourself to something fashioned in the middle of the cockpit. Tethers are much better at keeping one from going overboard than lifelines.
Agreed, though if you have a family or a group in the cockpit, you wind up with tangled tethers. Lifelines/pushpit aren't the be-all and end-all, but they are better than nothing.

I'm actually surprised that the C25 doesn't have them. I thought they were standard issue. I know I've seen them on just about every C25 I've seen, and they were on mine, too.
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Agreed, though if you have a family or a group in the cockpit, you wind up with tangled tethers......
Good point. However, those are pretty small cockpit and I don't think there is much moving around. I would think, once you've clipped in, you're staying put.
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

You haven't met my kids. LOL
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Re: Is it possible to safety lines around boat?

Found a O'day 25 the same way and I was surprised too, took looking at the pictures a little while to notice that.
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