Join Date: Jan 2002
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We use jacklines and lanyards or tethers in rough weather. Like any other safety gear it has to be laid out right and the crew has to understand that you are tied to the boat so if something happens there has to be a pre-plan on what to do next.
As far as using jacklines and lanyard when sailing solo, I do not do that. My concerns are tripping, since it is not usual practice to move around on a leash, and of course the obvious: so you go overboard, now what.
For going forward on wet decks, with crew watching, jacklines and lanyards are standard, for solo, I just don''t know. The pros and cons seem about even.