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What kind of hardware?

I want to put a safety line on the underside of the boom to serve as a handhold and sliding anchor for my harness when I have go to the mast. I am looking for suggestions/feedback for what kind of hardware to use at the aft end of the boom. I am considering a U-Bolt with backing plate through the bottom of the boom. I have a Cal-27 with liftable cabin top, so I can not secure the safety line to that. Any experience?
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Re: What kind of hardware?

Hmmm, not sure that is a great idea - think unintentional gybe. The usual approach are webbing jacklines. My boat had a previous owner install a rollcage out of 1" stainless on top of the cabin that makes a perfect anchor point. I guess if you were to persist with the idea something using boom bales would work.
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Re: What kind of hardware?

Why not follow convention and fasten two (2) jack lines, port and starboard from bow to stern. Heavy flat belting (think seat belt) laying flat on the deck. Wear a harness and tether. The tether has a 3' and 5' lengths for transiting your mast.

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Re: What kind of hardware?

Seriously not a good idea to fasten a safety line to a moving object.
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Re: What kind of hardware?

I'm picturing a boat out there with a guy dangling from the boom whose mainsheet tackle has busted. Then again, I've always thought the conventional way with jacklines on the side decks is a very false security--if you go over, sure you're still attached to the boat, but you're in no better shape than the guy dangling from the boom--maybe worse.
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Re: What kind of hardware?

Yeah I agree that it is a very bad idea! What happens if you go overboard while tethered to the boom? Whoever has to help you will have no control over the mainsail! If they want to dump the main to slow the boat it will drop you deeper into the drink, and your body weight will keep the sail sheeted on hard!

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Re: What kind of hardware?

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What happens if you go overboard while tethered to the boom?
You would be BAIT

Last edited by Faster; 10-09-2012 at 01:57 PM. Reason: fixed quote
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