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It depends on how the padeyes are mounted. If they're screwed to the fiberglass... no... if they're through-bolted with fairly large bolts (say three 1/4-20 bolts) and have a backing plate and such, yes, they probably are.
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Are padeyes strong enough to serve as termination points for jacklines? The point about the aft cleats is well-taken and I have padeyes toward the centerline of the boat near the stern.

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Climbing webbing will be just fine if that's what you want to use. Tack on the "marine" label and pay out as arse. I used do a lot of rigging and the climbing webbing is more that sufficient to take the weight.

I've set up numerous slacklines (a tightrope of sorts made from 1" climbing webbing) on a 60' gap with a one inch piece of tubular climbing webbing threaded with another section of 3/8" webbing. The tension on the webbing was so great that in the center of 60' there was less than 2' of sag. I took numerous falls (aprox. 7'-9' drops) Shockloading the line under extreme tension. I'm still here to tell the story and if your in a chest harness taking that much force from waves, etc..you're going to get ripped in half.

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And if you are wearing an inflatable and hit the water, it is going to inflate, even while you are still tethered, adding drag and making getting back on deck a lot harder. Better to run the jacklines to prevent a fall outside the lifelines.

If over the side, climbing up can be impossible due to height or water movement, so a plan, made in advance, to get around to the stern is advisable. That needs to be considered: if the jack lines are set up to allow a person to go over, they must allow the person to get around to the relative calm astern, and hopefully a boarding ladder or platform.

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If over the side, climbing up can be impossible due to height or water movement, so a plan, made in advance, to get around to the stern is advisable. That needs to be considered: if the jack lines are set up to allow a person to go over, they must allow the person to get around to the relative calm astern, and hopefully a boarding ladder or platform.
Which brings up the question of how to get the tether to slide past the stantion tops.
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You'll find you instantly have superhuman strength, but not necessarily superhuman reasoning.

The second comment in post #44 was in regard falling over when not necessarily tethered, but also applies when tethered.

The first was pointing out that if the tether lets you fall over or through/under the lines -- which it should not but most do -- then getting back up may be impossible without strong assistance or a way to work your way back to a platform, ladder, or line and loop hanging over for such an eventuality.

Getting a tether by a stanchion may be a big problem or it may not, depending on the tack, waves, boatspeed, etc., however having two tethers makes it a whole lot less risky, since one can be detached and moved at a time. Of course with two tethers, the risk of going over should be much less in the first place.

Don't ask me how I know this.

Also, netting or weaving in the lifelines may look a little tacky, but it has saved many a dog, child, or adult sailor from an unscheduled swim after slipping or tripping and rolling under the lines.

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