Two points ( or maybe more
, I cant help myself), points that in a thread of 120 posts have probably already been made, but what the heck,
So much focus on tethers and jack lines, many don't realize that they will slip right out of their fancy schmancy expensive harness
. These harnesses may look dapper but the minute full load is placed on them they are not the life saving devices they appear to be. Please
, test your harnesses, hoist yourself up by a halyard
( just a few inches). see how long you last under full load. can you breath ok? are the uh er boys ok? If you dont use the crotch strap, are you slipping right out the bottom? What happens if you raise your arms? And you gotta raise your arms if you are going to grab the bulwarks, toe rail, whatever to get yourself back aboard.
Now the lecture( no, it hadn't started yet
The purpose of harnesses, tethers, and jacklines
are to keep you from falling off
the boat ( period), not to drag you alongside the boat. It also keeps you attached to the boat in an emergency
roll/ pitch poll
I used to deliver boats of all shapes and sizes, it takes thought, planning, and creativity, but a jackline can be run, using a two tether system, to keep the sailor aboard.
Once, I was on deck
alone around 3am in the Atlantic when a bad wave hit me just right and sent me flying. I was midship. Normally this would be one of the most vulnerable places for the sailor, as the jack line normally run down the gunnels would be very slack. But since my captain
prescribed to the ' you can't fall overboard
even if you tried' tether safety
system, I was yanked to a stop at the lifelines
. Scared the poo outta me cause I fell from the cabin
I'd be dead had I not had a harness on. I can't imagine not being injured had my tether/ jack line allowed me to fall overboard
because the vessel had lots of freeboard. I don't think anyone would of heard me, I had a few hours to go before I needed to wake up the next watch. Gives me the Hebejebes thinking about what that experience would of been like, if I survived at all.
So that is why I'm a rabid 'you can't fall overboard even if you tried' tether system gal.
So please test your harnesses
oh and I'm warming up to rope
. Due to the way we run our jack lines aboard Rain Dog there is no way to step on it, much easier to clip in and out of line, webbing is a pain in the arse!