Jon, I think yours is probably the best advise and approach.
Thanks, but anyone reading this thread should read Rich H's Post #12 again... and then again... That sort of advice is worth more than all the other posts in this thread combined...
It seems though, that I am most vulnerable moving from the cockpit to the shrouds/mast. Using a lanyard long enough to cover the distance between the cockpit anchor and the mast anchor-point concerns me.
Yup, that's pretty much the case on just about every boat out there, that move out of, or back into, the cockpit... One of my biggest gripes about many modern production boats, how poor the ergonomics of that part of the deck can be...
Just so you understand, my main motivation is the 40 deg water that await me if I screw up.
A legitimate fear, to be sure... However, if I ever find myself in the water watching my boat sail off without me, I'd rather the water be 40 degrees, as opposed to that tropical bathwater filled with things that might eat me...(grin)
I probably am over thinking. I come from the climbing world where, except for a "daring" few
, the idea is to stay connected at all times.
Also I like the idea of finding ways to use all the neat climbing gear i already have.
You're certainly right to take that approach, of course, it will serve you well...
However, I think probably the greatest risks posed to singlehanders typically come from fatigue or exhaustion, more than anything else... That's why simplicity rules the day with this sort of stuff, in my opinion. Systems that necessitate alertness, deftness, concentration, etc., can so easily come back to bite you in those times when you might be operating at less than 100%...