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Taut with twists – I still like them flat (call me anal retentive). I have never really had a problem with them vibrating and flat is really, really important in a confined space like my cockpit. I will make them taught in harbor before I leave, and in the case of the water knot, there isn’t a practical way of re-tying them once underway. I do not like to pre wet-pre stretch them I believe that that will weaken them over time. Besides half the time we come in after dark and I usually wait until the next morning to take them down and by that time they have shrunk back to their original length.
Routing the jack lines inside the stays - Yes, you wind up scampering over the coach roof/sides, but I don’t find that much of a problem. If they were outside, you would have a problem squeezing between the shrouds and Genoa clew/sheet. Besides, most of the time I (or my crew) only go as far as the mast anyway (reef, adjust Cunningham, outhaul). Also, I like the more secure feeling you get on the leward side when doing things like adjusting the leech line, strop straps or preventer when the boom is extended past the toe rail. I also require my watch captains (as well as myself) to “walk the boat” before they take over at shift change so having a clean run on both sides is important.
Tethers – What? That tether is state of the art Wichard – from about twenty years ago! Remember those days before fancy double action clips and elastic liners? Brings up a good point. Tethers, harnesses, PFDs, etc. are personal gear and if you show up on a boat without yours – you get to use the “boat’s” gear which usually means a cast-off from years ago.
I like a centerline cockpit jack line as it makes it easier to move around people without always having to unclip and re-clip. This is especially useful at night time shift changes for the driver when two guys are manouvering around in a space intended only for one and trying to unclip and clip into that single pad eye at the same time. I started out with the diamond pad eye and later went to the center line jack line and I can tell you from personal experience, it is a whole lot better.
Notes on the photos – These shots were from a series of a couple hundred I took as part of a rig survey Biron Toss did for me. As I was going up and down the mast a bunch and concentrating on my more important rigging issues, I didn’t spend too much effort in staging the jack line photos. I used the old Wichard tether as it was the only one that dangled somewhat straight as I was mainly concerned about the distance of the diamond pad eye to the helm and not so much as using it as a teaching aid.
The one, unasked question – Get lime yellow webbing. At night under red lighting, the red looks like blue and the blue blends into the darkness. You want a color that contrasts to everything else you have on deck. My orange are OK during the day, but for night I’d prefer lime. You can get your local sail maker to make jack lines for less than you buy them at West and you get them in the color and size you want.
Last edited by GeorgeB; 02-08-2011 at 07:28 PM.