Originally Posted by thinwater
Many possibilities, and I have my own thoughts, but...
The main thing is to install them and to used them in fair weather
with some crew on board. Get used to them and work out how they can be used instinctively and without tangles. The answers will vary somewhat depending on the boat and the rigging
. They need to be as thoughtfully designed as any permanent rigging
, night, or even at the dock
are not the time to be sorting it out. Sailing in a fair breeze is.
Very good point and true for any safety
system. Better to practice it in good conditions often than ever actually need to do it once for real. I'd go even further and suggest the best time to set up and practice using them with crew is still tied to the wall/pontoon/quay. Then go out for a second practice session in calm seas so everyone has a feel for how it all works with boat motion with a final practice when you have some bigger waves.
I would also add that before you go out you thoroughly check every aspect of your safety
kit for wear, tear, damage, items out of date etc and if anything looks wrong get it repaired or replaced. Webbing straps, especially left outside for long periods, degraded rapidly from UV but might still "look" good. Buckles and clips can break or seize. Any exposures to oils can damage synthetics without it being easily visible. If a harness, lanyard or safety line has been shock loaded then ditch it immediately. Don't baulk at the cost because what cost a human life?