Originally Posted by hanschristian38
I am not sure that a tether will do much good if you are alone.
What I always did, while cruising singlehanded for ten years, was to use the tether to keep myself within the toerails of my boat!
some times this required me to double the tether to make it shorter. Most times I had two tethers attached to the harness, this allowed me to attach one tether to another point before detatching the first tether.
If leaving the cockpit
to go forward, ALWAYS go forward on the high side of your boat and cross over to the low side still atached to the jackline (you do have those right?). Don't be afried to crawl forward with the tether doubled around the jackline. If mast
work is required,leave one tether attached to the jackline and double the second around the boom, so that you can use both hands to attend to whatever.
Four times the above steps kept me inside the boat. Once the jib
sheet wrapped around my neck and jerked me into the air to the length of the tether and the slack of the jackline before slamming to the deck
. If I'd not been tethered to the jackline, I'd have been flipped overboard
I'll admit, sometimes I never wore the harness, but it was always in the cockpit