Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Jack Lines
Good upgrade. Hard to know if coated wire is corroded underneath. No shock absorption either.
I use commercial purpose made jacklines, made of webbing. Helps to twist them a couple of times, as you install, so they are easier to pick up and attach your tether. Lying wet and flat on the deck is hard to grab, especially if you are wearing gloves.
We tie ours to the stern and bow cleats, as well as a hard point on our coachroof, to keep the lines as far from the side as possible. I believe the number one trick is to keep the line/tether from allowing you to ever reach over the lifeline. We accomplish this along about 70% of the run and focus on those sections that have fewer handholds, such as the foredeck.
We only install them for passages that warrant it, in our opinion. Very rough weather or anytime overnight. I might leave them on for a week or two at a time, when I'm away, as I'm more inclined to take what Mother Nature dishes out. For weekends, I don't typically volunteer to head off in conditions I might need them for. If I were singlhanded, I'd leave them on permanently.
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