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I have puchased new safety gear as I will be soloing a lot this season. I need advice on how taut the jack lines should be and what method of attachment at the aft end of the boat. The forward end has a clip and the tails are bare.
I sail a Catalina 30 MKIII
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What are the jack lines made of, wire, webbing, or line?
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Stu,

I keep my webbing jacklines fairly taught which seems to lessen the frequency of getting the jackline or lanyard tangled in deck hardware as you move about the boat. I suppose another reason for taught jacklines is to lessen the distance from the boat if you ever go over (of course, this also depends on the length of the lanyard). I make up the stern end of the jackline to cleats aft.
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The lines are webbing
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I would recommend you keep them as tight as possible. When putting them into place, put about ten twists into them... This will keep them from humming in high winds.
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I keep them taut and I do NOT twist them so that they may lie flat on the deck and not roll under my feet. the free end should simply be tied off to your stern cleat in a standard hitch.
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All good advice above. I thing I feel is very important is also being secure in the cockpit. You do spend more time in the cockpit then you do on the side decks or forward.

When my boat was new I installed 2 folding pad-eyes in the cockpit at 6 feet apart. These were installed about 6 inches bellow the seats themselves. I rig a tether between the eyes. this is so before I climb up from the cabin I can clip on to that tether and move back to the wheel or about the cockpit and be clipped in at all times.
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I run my webbing jackline from the stern cleat to the forward one. I keep it fairly taut, but not completely. I also have a padeye at the helm for when sitting at the wheel. I use an inflatable PFD w/harness and have a double (3'/6') tether as well as 2 6' ones. I also have sturdy handholds throughout the cockpit area, so I always have one hand on the boat.
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I have webbing jacklines as well. I rig them from the aftermost mooring cleat to the forwardmost mooring cleat. They are about 8 inch cleats with backing plates. I run the lines inside my upper shrouds and outside my lowers so I can go all the way forward on my knees if need be. They are not tight because the load on the cleats increases exponentially (vector pull) as you tighten the jackline. They are loose but not slack. You can reach mine from the companionway so you can clip on before you are exposed. My tethers have two legs, one long and one short so I can change sides of the boat without completely undoing. That way I can also clip into something else when I get to where I want to be on deck. The tether can be released from my end as well
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