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Old 13-12-2015, 14:58   #1
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I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

Looking to get some guest harnesses for my boat but don't want to spend much. Was thinking a boat pfd combos. Any ideas
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Old 13-12-2015, 16:18   #2
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

Ideal way to go is real sailing harness ($80 plus) or the combo auto-inflate vest with D-rings in the front, but they are pretty expensive ($250 plus).

For occasional use, I have these as backups:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-...=chest+harness

Pay close attention to the hardware on whatever you get - and keep them maintained. Make sure your jacklines and tethers are properly set up as well.
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Thanks. That is what I figured. I really didn't want to spend more than a hundred per person but really a]recite the help. Thanks
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Old 13-12-2015, 16:31   #4
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

I have several harnesses. My least expensive ones, but still secure and well made, are the Black Diamond harnesses that I bought at a rock climbing supply store.
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Old 13-12-2015, 16:40   #5
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Thanks I am going to check them out. We sail Lake Superior and it gets rough sometimes
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

what about deer stand harnesses. I have seen them for as little as $10 each...
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

If you want really cheap, make some out of some old halyards or sheets (pretty easy with a few knots).. The catch is how much will it hurt if they truly arrest an overboard event - the wider the straps, the less likely the injury. - still a cracked rib or wicked bruise is better than drowning.

I'm not sure about the $10 harnesses you are talking about - be especially careful of the hardware used - you want aluminum or stainless.

FYI the black diamond one mentioned, and the one I linked to is less than $40.
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Cool, thanks. I have seen the ones your talking about. Will probably get them
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

On this side of the pond one can get cheap self-inflating vest with integrated harness.
Like this one for 69 Euro. I have seen those on boat shows for around 50 euro .


OK, these are cheap brands but maybe better than just a harness.

Offshore vests from well known brands are about 120 euro (we have Secumar AX ultra).
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

Some guests actually like complicated looking life jackets. Rafting, kayaking PFD's are pretty cheap, $75 or so.
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

West marine has some reasonably priced ones and Walmart online as well. I will be checking the compass23 website too
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

I have probably 6 Standard Safety Harness with Tether Basic, webbing model, without waistband adjustment. Wide 50mm webbing. Includes Tether with single snap hook.





These were included in my charter package from Fountaine Pajot. Brand new. Never used.





They list for ~$80 each. I will sell for $45


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I think I'm going with the combo'S because the cost of pfdS and harness separately cost more. Thanks though
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Re: I am looking for some inexpensive harnesses

I have used PFDs with and without integrated harnesses. The ones with the harnesses work, however they add a significant amount of weight to the PFD. This can be annoying when worn all the time. A number of people I know dislike them and thus don't wear the PFD often because of this.
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