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I just wonder how much "give" that elasticized one has.
The elastic really does not absorb any shock. It just keeps the unused end out of the way, sort of. I have an old tether in which the elastic is shot. I use it in non-critical locations.

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Re: Harness and Tether Recommendations?

I kind of gathered that. A shock tether would have an "absorber" built of several folded over layers sewed together with a weak thread that is designed to break and allow the layers to unfold and slow your descent.

I was more wondering what the ultimate length of that elasticized tether is. As I will be mostly single handing (at least at first) This is very much on my list of things to buy before going out on the water

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The article claims "he just wasn't clipped on." But it's unclear whether it should also say "he just wasn't wearing a PFD." That's a critical omission, since flotation is even more important than a tether, IMO.


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I was more wondering what the ultimate length of that elasticized tether is. As I will be mostly single handing (at least at first) This is very much on my list of things to buy before going out on the water
3 feet and 6 feet for the doubles. 6 feet for the singles.

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up here and when offshore the harness is much more important in MHO. You will die of hypothermia before you drown. If single with the vane or Autopilot set ( which it will be when you go on deck) may be preferable to go to sleep from hypothermia after the boat sail's away. Harness is more important for sailor's.
Can get groin set up for virtually all combo units from what I've seen.

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cool site (grin) good post. Tx.
conclusion- get combo device and wear it.
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Re: Harness and Tether Recommendations?

I got a WM harness and single tether from the clearance isle at West marine a few years ago. On my 20ft boat a single truck bed anchor at the companionway allows me to reach the outboard and the mast on the single tether.

I may add a second anchor point near the mast to go forward of the mast but that will require another tether, a jack line does not make a lot of sense on a 20ft boat but I am willing to be proved wrong.

I would rather have a PFD with "D" ring than the harness, just because I tend to forget to but the harness on and have to go below to find it.

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Re: Harness and Tether Recommendations?

For hot weather and where one prefers not to wear the combination inflatable PFD/harness, another possibility is to use a harness in combination with a belt pack inflatable PFD. The belt pack inflatable requires a slight deflation once you are in the water to finish putting it on....over your head, tighten straps, re-inflate fully. So, it's definitely not as safe/fool proof as the combined PFD/harness, but in sheltered waters and hot days, it can be cooler.

Of course, the idea of a harness is not to allow you to go overboard in the first place, so the PFD part is really a back-up in case the harness/tether/jackline don't do their job.

I always wear a belt pack inflatable when on the boat, whether I am using a harness or not. However, if it is getting a bit rough, then I switch to combination PFD/harness.

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Re: Harness and Tether Recommendations?

A cautionary tale for u-bolt anchors.
Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race Coroner's Inquest - 07/03/2001 - QWN - NSW Parliament. Yachting: Charles died after safety harness failed - Telegraph.


It seems that a good fall against a u-bolt without a shock-absorbing tether has caused failure. They simply cannot handle the impact and neither can the human body. The "impact flags" are a rather stupid adaptation when real impact absorption could be provided.

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