Originally Posted by gettinthere
Really? I was considering adding netting where we leave the cockpit onto the deck just in case. But it will not keep an adult in the boat?
If you read the labels on the netting from the manufacturer it specifically states it is not warranted for the purpose of keeping adults onboard the boat. Even lifelines
and their stanchions are primarily there for assistance in giving you a reference as to where the edge of the deck is. A 200 lbs (90 Kg - average adult male) adult will not be stopped by the netting alone. Do you see lifeline netting on the around the world racing
- - Look carefully at the construction of the netting in the package, it is rather fine twine with large mesh size. For a simple slip/fall of low velocity the netting can be of assistance. But out in the big ocean when a breaking wave washes over the deck that netting and even the lifelines
will not stop you from visiting with Neptune. Here is a simple test - run across the cabin
top and jump into the air and collide with a lifeline stanchion and see what happens. Do you allow dock
helpers to push off or stop your boat from impacting the dock
by grabbing a stanchion and pushing? That can get real expensive.
- - Only a safety
harness, tether and jackines/deck attachments will take that kind of shock loading. Add in the sun's UV eating at the twine and it won't be long before whatever original strength is reduced to near zero.
- - To add to Healer52
's comment get a piece of netting that has been out in the tropical sun for a year or more and then do the same test. Are you willing to totally replace the netting every year or less?
- - Cruising the oceans is not a danger-free activity. This is a Cruising Forum and not a "day-sailor" forum. On a cruising boat cruising the oceans you will be many miles - hundreds or thousands from the nearest land and outside assistance. Proper respect (the rule
of one hand for yourself and one hand for the ship) and proper equipment
will assist in keeping you alive. Relying on equipment
that is neither designed nor warranted for restraining a 100Kg/(200+lb adult) will give you a very false sense of security
that could very well end up costing you your life or your crew's life.