In the last chapter we learned that being drowned by dragging on our tethers or badly hurt by fall-arrest shock loads (most likely a combination of both), is probably at least as big a threat as going overboard untethered and not being picked up. In this chapter I'm going to apply a bit of simple arithmetic rigour, backed up by testing, to common jackline systems, and particularly the ones we have used on Morgan's Cloud, and see if said systems will keep us out of the water—something I should have done years ago.
Next: Better Jackline Systems
- 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.