Last fall we wrote about our new centreline jacklines that enabled us to work our boat from cockpit to mast without resorting to clipping to sidedeck jacklines.
(If you doubt how dangerous using sidedeck jacklines is, please read, or reread, the last three chapters in this Online Book.)
Work Left To Do
But we were still left with installing a centreline jackline from mast to bow. A project with some problems to solve:
- Because the cabin top extends forward of the mast, this jackline would be at ankle height on the foredeck, resulting in a nasty trip risk while coming alongside, anchoring, or wandering around the deck with a sundowner—this could be a bigger, or at least more frequent, risk than being dragged.
- Interference with operation of the windlass.
- Difficulty of stowing our dinghy in its inshore position on the foredeck.
Over the winter, encouraged by this comment from Dick Stevenson, we thought about the problem and came up with a centreline jackline from mast to bow.
The secret to making all of this work, and dealing with the above-listed issues, was to make the foredeck jackline easy to install and remove as well as tension.
It’s about the details…it’s always about the details. Let’s take a look: