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Re: Sailing Harness on the cheep!
The thread title made me think......... Parachute on the cheap. They're pretty expensive too, but would you make your own?
No doubt, sailing stuff is more expensive than it seems it should be. I'm not sure if they're gouging or if the market just isn't big enough to recapture fixed costs as effectively as other things we buy.
Anyway, to your suggestion. It's a little hard to tell, if you're referring to the harness, tether or jackline. There is a school of thought that says a jackline should be flat webbing, so you're less likely to roll on it, when you step. As another mentioned, tethers not only require proper stitching, but are best if they have a series of stress stitches that let go before the main stitching. This way, you know the tether has been over stressed and should be replaced. That would be hard to engineer yourself. Then there is the classic debate over whether your tether should have a quick release or whether you'll carry an S-cutter close to your chest to cut yourself free, if you're being dragged in the water and drowning.
I would just buy the good stuff and save money elsewhere.
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