Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: N. Idaho, USA
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Small Boat Jack Lines and Safety Tethers
I plan on cruising the San Juan's with my local sailing club this summer, where I would be sailing single-handed on my Sparrow 16. (for info on the Sparrow, check out Sailboatdata.com) In preparation for this I have been looking into safety tether systems for my boat.
My cockpit is only about 6' to 7' long and the beam of my boat is 6.5'. As such I realized that the standard 2 m/6' tether could not work for me as if I were to go over the side, I'd be suspended next to the side of the hull not able to get back on board. (The Sparrow has a pretty high freeboard compared to many boats her size.)
The solution I've come up with so far is to use a short jackline on the floor of the cockpit and a short (~1m) safety tether attached to the jackline. With this I would have full freedom to move fore and aft in my cockpit without having to have a longer tether that could allow me to dangle over the side of the boat.
I have a couple questions:
1) Does this solution sound reasonable for a small cruising sailboat like mine?
2a) If your answer to question 1 is negative, what would you recommend?
2b) If your answer to question 2 is positive, where can find a shorter (1m) long tether to purchase? (Or,is this something I could have my sailmaker make for me?)