I use two different sets of jacklines
when I go offshore
. The first pair are commercially sold similar to those offered by West Marine
, but modified by adding a self made section at the aft end. This section has a caribiner similar to the store bought section but is short and ends with a ratchet of stainless steel
similar to those on load securing straps sold at auto supplies. These jacklines
run full length and are flat against the deck
. Since they are flat webbing and won't trip I can leave them in place most of the time and I can tighten them with the ratchet to take up any stretch.
My second set is used when I think the weather
is going to be bad and they are made of coated cable similar to lifeline cable with turnbuckles on the aft end. These run full length on either side of my dodger
held up by the SS handles on each side and go from the stemhead fitting to an eye on my davits
, about 3 feet above the deck
. I don't use them all the time because you have to duck under them getting in or out of the cockpit
(I have a center cockpit), but they act like an inboard lifeline and you can snap in very easily from inside the cockpit
. They sure make my wife happy.