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I run them under the sheets; why would you run jacklines over the sheet?
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So you don't have to unclip as you go forward. Perhaps it would be better to say, arrange your sheets and your jacklines so that once you hook on, you don't have to unclip to leave the cockpit. It would be okay to run them under the sheets if you always clip on forward of the sheet winches.
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It really depends on the design of the boat. My jacklines can be run either inboard or outboard of the genoa sheets, and wouldn't require you to unclip in either case. Of course, I do have 18' of beam, and the jacklines and genoa sheets are attached to the main hull, so if I run the jacklines outboard of the genny sheets, you have the entire width of the ama to use to go forward, rather than just the cabintop.
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running down the deck...yellow webbing...This is John Pollards boat...Isist this one of the coolest photos ever...I have it as my screen saver...gives me goose bumps every day..
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I wish I could take credit for that photo, but it's not mine nor is it my boat. I believe that boat and photo belong to another Sailnet member, who sails a Caliber 40 if I recall correctly.

Here is our boat, note no jacklines (yet, ), but not much to trip over on those side-decks, either:




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Oh Rats

Now I have gone an offended my mentor...Here all this time I have remembered incorrectly...

OK well if I remember correctly he took these just this past winter on a 2 week sail to Bermuda...OH Bother... Im probably digging myself into a beeper hole....Please forgive me.
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OK well if I remember correctly he took these just this past winter on a 2 week sail to Bermuda...OH Bother... Im probably digging myself into a beeper hole....Please forgive me.
Nothing to forgive, I'm sure he'll be flattered. Your memory of the photo is same as mine. Do a search on "Caliber 40" and you should find the owner. Is it "TAK" maybe??
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Merlin,
What type of boat are you talking about and does it have or do you use Auto Pilot often? The reason I ask, is that I used to single hand our old Cal 25 all the time and I did not worry as much about a tether because if I fell, I was pretty sure that eventually the boat would stall out and round herself up. Doesn't mean my thinking was sound, it was just the way I felt. Unless the boat was perfectly balanced, it was going to stall. I would practice at balancing the helm all the time, and she would sail herself for a while, but eventually she would round up. Today, I am always using Auto pilot and I am much more concered about tether and harness. In any sort of winds when single, I am tethered. Smaller boat no auto, I did not worry as much. Call me crazy, I know.
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thanks to everyone for all of the helps. I am looking at some tethers now, seemingly expensive but I guess that's the price of safety

TJK, I don't have my own boat but belong to a club with a variety of boats and have been crewing on other people's boats. I know the smaller boats at my club don't have jacklines. I just figure if I'm going to crew a lot and try and get on bigger boats it'd be good to come prepared so a harness has been on my list!
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A lot of safety discussions usually include talk of clipping in. I bough my inflateable PFD with an integrated harness so when necessary I could clip in.

My questions though:
1) I don't yet have a harness, can someone recommend one that is a good value. I see the wichard one's, are those the way to go? Who do some have three hooks? One to me, one to the boat, and one to ____, or is it just when you're switching

2) Do you clip into the lifelines that go around the boat? Are they really strong enough to hold a person's body weight?

3) Do you switch which side of the boat you get clipped into through different maneuvers?

4) if you go overboard wearing the harness, does the boat just drag you, do you pull yourself back up? What to do? Can you unclip yourself with tension on it?

5) Anything I should know?
In addition to all the excellent advice above, one thing that the wife and I do while offshore is run a temporary line from the pulpit to the gallows, (which is aft of the cockpit), as near as we can get it to chest level.
Not to clip into of course, but it seems to help with balancing while moving forward.
We tie it to the shrouds using clove hitches and stretch it pretty tight. Maybe it's just psychologically, but it really seems to help in rough seas.
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