In this chapter I’m going to look at harnesses both separate and built into lifejackets. But before I get started I want to make one thing crystal clear. This chapter is not about what you should do. Rather I’m going to explore the way our thinking about harnesses has, and continues, to evolve. My hope is that the chapter will inspire you to think carefully about your own practices, because this, like most everything about person-overboard prevention, is an area where (despite what various “authorities” may try to ram down our throats) there are few, if any, hard and fast rules that work in every situation.
Next: Person Overboard Prevention—Use of Climbing Harnesses
- We Should Focus On Staying Aboard, Not Recovery
- The Risks of Falling Overboard at Sea
- The Real Reason to Use a Harness and Tether
- Staying Attached To The Boat
- Flawed Jackline Systems, Part 1
- Flawed Jackline Systems, Part 2
- Better Jackline Systems
- An Efficient Foredeck Centreline Jackline
- Banishing Sidedeck Jacklines Forever
- Jacklines: Materials, Fabrication and Installation
- The Right Tethers To Keep Us Aboard—Part 1, A Mix
- The Right Tethers To Keep Us Aboard—Part 2, Construction and Hardware
- Harnesses and Lifejackets and How to Use Them
- Person Overboard Prevention—Use of Climbing Harnesses
- Should We Wear Lifejackets or Harnesses, Both, Neither?
- Which Lifejacket Auto-Inflator Should We Select?
- Person Overboard Recovery, Is The Quick Stop Bogus?
- Person Overboard Recovery—Our Replacement For Quick Stop
- Smartphone (CrewWatcher) or AIS Based Person Overboard Beacons?
- AIS Person Overboard Beacons—Setting Up The Boat Alarms Right
- Possible Auto-Activation Failure of The MOB1 AIS Person Overboard Beacon
- Time to Stop Using And Selling Tethers with Gibb-style Hooks
- SeaAngel SA15 AIS Person Overboard Beacon Compared to The Ocean Signal MOB1
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 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.