Warning, This is a rant.
It seems like most of the racers in my area have a lifeline allergy.
I have looked at a number of small sailboats in this area, looking for a small family
cruiser, but most of the sailboats in this area are actively raced.
I can see wanting to remove weight, and I have read the threads that the consenses is lifelines
are of dubious value.
Yes on a small sailboat they hit an adult at knee level, but if it's rough and you go forward, I'm on my hands and knees already, and they hit me mid shoulder.
I have looked at a dozen of boats, ...none of them had lifelines
My question is do the lifelines really weigh THAT much to make a difference in wining and losing a race
they can mean the difference in wether or not the kid stays aboard, (at least as a limit on where on the boat they are supposed to be).
It looks like any boat I buy the first expense is going to be getting lifelines installed.