We have implemented "Larry (Pardey) Lines" on our J42 for bluewater sailing. They were very handy in the Marion Bermuda Race
last year, with 25 foot seas in the Gulf Stream
as we sailed thru TS Bill. A single
dacron warp goes from the stern pulpit around the shrouds thru the bow cleats
and back. A Y bridle
is bowlined around the cap shrouds and the Larry Lines and elevated with a spare spinnaker
hallyard to raise the lines to about shoulder height at the shrouds, which allow the boom to fully square off the wind
. The Larry lines do a great job of keeping our permanently-rigged preventers from hanging up on coach roof gear
, and the lazy jib
sheet from catching on the spinnaker
pole car if the pole is on deck
. In port we just slack the hallyard and drop the lines on deck
for convenience. We also were pleased to see that the LL pose no interference
to our new 100% staysail near to closehauled with the double head
The net result is the LL remedy the significant safety
deficit of the absurd 24" stanchion "trip lines" seen on our and most other production boats.
We also added removable extended 1.25" posts over the cockpit
stanchions to provide more clearance for passing between the dodger
and the Larry Line going forward.
The OP should not be snidely kidded for a very intelligent question. Go for it!