Have to admit that have no Jack-stay system fitted to our boat at present. Then we have not crossed any Oceans and so far have only ventured up and down East coast
of Oz for 2 1/2 years.
In rough conditions we close the rear cockpit area off completely and I restrict all movement from Flybridge to bellow and back up to Flybridge via the Starboard stairs, this has a temporary rope
gate fitted (from coach roof grab rails ) stopping you from going straight out on the side deck
from the Flybridge or being thrown there if standing on the starboard stairs at deck
This also ensures all movements of crew up and down have to pass the helms person. Nothing worse than helming in low light, rough conditions when you realize somebody who was sitting at helm
with you, all be it at the other end of the 4.5 meter helm
seat, is not there anymore. This is less of an issue when there is only two of you on board but can be a worry when you have a number of guest crew on board. Easy not to see a guest for an hour or two when sailing so as long as I know if they are not up on the flybridge they are safely bellow somewhere, I am happy.
I think the first thing to decide is where and for what reasons on the vessel you need to go being clipped on. On a mono jackstays on each side deck from bow to stern will give you access to the entire vessel.
I assume you are going to go forward to sort out some sort of problem with or fit a head
sail or do something with the anchor
. Not a lot of reason to go to the actual Port or Starboard bow that I can think of.
In which case you need to go forward then cross to the center of the boat some 4 meters in from the side life lines of a L450.
My idea was to fit strong points at the side stairs on top of the coach roof going forward to the front of coach roof then down to the center of the vessel at the fore stay from each side.
Clipping on to a line down at deck level seems to make no sense to me on a L450, when you will most likely be standing to go forward on what may be a pitching and moving deck, using the provided grab rails, but unlike a single hull
vessel you are a lot less likely to be crawling along a deck at 30 degrees on all fours 6 inches from the water
.(If you are you probably need more than jackstays ) Having the jack stay up on the coach roof would not negate that either, if you felt the need. I think the jack stay being a meter up and a meter inboard from the lifelines
would be safer than running along the deck just inside the lifelines
. Only my thoughts though, have not felt the need to do it considering our current
The provided attachments points always had me guessing, especially the one behind the wheel
at the helm. The ones at the base of the stairs on deck each side of the Flybridge, I use for a snatch blocks to turn the secondary headsail sheet from a snatch block on a dyneema
loop at the center cleat up to sheet winch
when running downwind with the headsail.
Will follow with interest to see what system anybody has fitted and used successfully.