I made ours with the 1" tubular Mil-Spec nylon webbing, rated 4,000lbs. The loops at one end, was a knot
w/stitching over the tail. The color isn't important, it will fade anyway. Some talk about the stretch of nylon as being bad, but I see it as a shock absorber and the truth nylon shrinks a lot over time. Twisting the jack line seems like a good deal for wind noise
, but makes it more a trip hazard. I've gone overboard
twice so I take this very seriously, neither time was I hooked in.
One happened when we hit a freak wave or wake in the Chesapeake. I was on the bow the boat was doing 6kts in very calm waters and wake shot me straight up and I slid down the genoa
, grabbing the lifeline as I was going over. Bent two stations over, being dragged at 6kts I lost
my hat, glasses and shorts were around my ankles. Had the mate deploy the lifesling and grab it as the boat slid by after heading up. My pet pee, is having a ladder that can be easily deployed, even being able to pull it down while in the water
The other time was working on a tug in the harbor and had a floatcoat on.
We have lost
5 people to falling overboard
in the marinas
near me, most at night in the winter and none had ladders they could get to. Another very good friend was pulled out in Feb by a SEAL Team guys who heard him breathing and was in very bad shape. Getting people back onboard is a big part.