Spinlock Mast Pro climbing-type harness (left), Spinlock Deck Pro sailing harness (right).
Pretty much every time I write about person overboard prevention someone will suggest using a climbing harness instead of a lifejacket with a built-in harness, like the Spinlock Deckvests that Phyllis and I favour, or a separate sailing harness as many other voyagers use.
The benefits of this approach often cited by advocates include:
- There is absolutely no way to fall, or be dragged, out of a properly-fitted climbing harness.
- Much less bulky.
- Will absorb tether arrest loads better.
- Possibly more comfortable.
- No need to mess about with separate crotch straps.
I can certainly see the attraction of this idea and don’t disagree with the above benefits list; however, I think that we must also think about the drawbacks: