Jacklines, Strength and Material


Based on things we learnt from the comments to this chapter, we now believe that much of what I wrote here is wrong. Please see this chapter for an update to our thinking. 

In the last post in this series I wrote about our system for staying attached to the boat at all times to avoid going overboard. In this post I’m going to get right down in the crabgrass (a Bermudian expression for mind numbing detail) and write about jacklines and some things we might be able to do to improve on them.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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