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I didn't advise against clipping on, folks. I said that recommending it isn't helping. The conversation went kind of like this:
The OP: Hey, how do I stay safe working right at the forestay?
Everybody: Just clip in, you'll be fine.
Adam: Is that all? At least *one* person suggested using a rigid part of the boat for support.
Read before you comment, folks. Nowhere do I say not to clip in. I just pointed out that clipping in serves a different purpose than most folks here seems to believe.
The bow of my boat is about two feet wide where I'm kneeling to hank on a jib. Even a short tether is not going to do much to keep me on the deck.
FWIW I'm usually clipped in when out of the cockpit, but only for the reasons I mentioned, not because I believe it will prevent me from falling overboard.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27