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Even if some charter boats doesn't have jacklines, if you have your own harness and tethers you can allways fix the tether to a strong point when reefing at the mast, or to a cleat at the bow while changing a sail.

Mine is allways in my sailing bag with foul weather gear, gloves, boots and inflatable life vest in any boat I sail.

I think that the harness is personal safety equipment and should go with the crew member and not with the boat.

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Safety is always a good idea. However, I have never seen anyone actually wear a tether, and I have never seen a boat with jacklines. I must state that I am a fair weather sailer and occasional racer on other people's boats (OPB)....
BArry,

It's true I don't have jacklines rigged for the mostly protected coastal sailing we normally do. When weather is bad enough to need them, we duck in or don't go out in the first place. But I'm sailing with kids so we don't push the envelope much, and almost never at night. And only very rarely do I operate the boat solo. However, in past years in different sailing venues, I HAVE used them extensively, and when we did use them I would not have wanted to be without them.

Those of us from the Chesapeake, Long Island Sound, or coastal New England, Puget Sound, etc are used to relatively benign summer sailing conditions, occasionally punctuated by a big blow. But there are sailing venues where the wind blows much more consistently and forcefully than many of us are used to. In some locales (the Aegean with the Meltemi, Perth with the Fremantle Doctor, San Francisco Bay, etc) normal summer conditions are more like Force 5-7. In those conditions, many folks clip-in, day or night, in the cockpit as well as on deck.
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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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For a while there I thought JRP may have bought a new boat and moved to the tropics. Or, he removed his PS's teak toerail capped bulwarks and replaced them with slotted aluminum . . . .

Have to agree with you though, it is a cool photo - who ever took it. But, it would be far less dramatic if the horizon was actually corrected to be horizontal.


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