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Old 24-01-2018, 09:37   #1
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How would you shorten a tether?

I have long used custom tethers, because the bow of a cat is too wide for 6' to make sense. Making your own requires a good knowledge of sewing and strength. But small boat sailors often need shorter tethers, and they would be happier not sewing there own.

How would you shorten a tether?
  • Tie-off a loop. Messy, weakens it a bit, but almost certainly not enough to matter.
  • Fold flat and sew. You could add a gusset and make it full strength, or you could assume the stitching would tear out above 500 pounds, providing shock absorption while getting longer.
  • Double the tether around the jackline or hard point.
  • Other?
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