I will be installing jacklines for this season.
The challenge I have is that I have a small boat as well (26' with 8 1/2' beam).
I want to run a line from the cockpit to the mast and from the mast to the bow (or at least the forward cleat) - this will reduce the flex on the jackline.
From the mast forward should not be a problem. I don't know how I'm going to set up the line from the cockpit forward. I'd like to keep the line as close to the centreline as possible - to prevent me going overboard. The trouble is My companionway hatch takes up a big part of my carriage top so I would have to either clip the end of the jackline to the hatch cover (I doubt it is solid enough to take the strain should someone hang off the end of their tether); I could put the attachment points on either side of the hatch - but this would bring the jacklines very close to the railing at the cockpit and not prevent going overboard (unless I use a really short tether); or put the attachment point so that it goes in front of the hatch cover - this would make it challenging to clip on when the hatch is open and may prevent the hatch opening at all.
I was planning on using folding padeyes with backing plates for the connection points by the cockpit, and my mast foot and forward cleat for the connection points forward.
I have a good tether (a 6' section and a 3' section, with a quick-release shackle, similar to, but not exactly this model
) and a harness integrated into my pfd (Mustang MD3154
) which I wear at all times when underway.
My thought, after reading a few threads on this subject, was to go with the flat nylon webbing for the jacklines. I will have them custom made with clips at each end in order to deploy them quickly.
Any ideas about where to make the connection point by the cockpit?