Jackline and Tether Availability – Good News

Our mast collar showing the forward jackline cow-hitched and the cockpit-to-mast jacklines joined with a lashing. Next season we will replace the Dacron rope with Amsteel to get the lashing tighter.

Some of you will remember that our preferred jacklines were made by Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond (HR&R) in the USA. I say “were” because HR&R went out of business in 2016.

The good news is that John Savage, who was in charge of jackline production at HR&R, ended up with the equipment required and is continuing to make jacklines and tethers to order. Email John at moc.liamg@sliasegavasj or call him on +1-203-856-5164.

And for those who want to make their own, we used to recommend sourcing the webbing from a company in New York called Pam Narrow Fabrics (PNF). However, several of our readers have informed us that said company was difficult to do business with.

So here’s another source called Straps To Go, who seem a lot more up-to-date in their trading methods and who also sell by the foot, instead of requiring purchase of a whole roll as PNF did. A big thanks to member Daniel Coate for tracking them down.

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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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  • Grenville Byford Oct 19, 2019, 7:22 am

    Dear John,

    Not so much a comment as a question. I have similar jacklines on my boat. What I noticed this last Summer is that when dry, they shrink. When wetted, they lengthen again. I am inclined to view this as evidence that they have degraded and replace them. (At this juncture they are six years old and have been exposed to the weather for about four years elapsed time. What is your view?

    Best regards,


  • Ernie Reuter Oct 19, 2019, 11:06 am

    Hi John….I’ve been working thru my safety system for Iemanja. Thanks for the great guidance. I’ve sourced out Amick Associates in Carnegie PA for the webbing. Ordered 60’ for our project. Very good pricing and easy to deal with. Item number is 1” Yellow Polyester Webbing 9800#/IN.
    Ernie on SV Iemanja

    • John Oct 20, 2019, 8:15 am

      Hi Ernie,

      Thanks for the added resource, the more the better.

  • Chuck Batson Oct 20, 2019, 6:00 pm

    This is great news, thank you! If I hadn’t already just made a full set, I’d definitely be calling on Mr. Savage. I hope he’s still doing this in a few years when it comes time to replace them.

  • Jim Kelly Nov 1, 2019, 6:35 pm

    We recently purchased webbing for DIY tethers/jacklines from:
    CTD: Custom Tie Downs
    Hubbard Oregon
    Comprehensive stock of webbing, velcro, buckles, ratchet straps. sold by the roll or custom length. Can imprint webbing with boat name or custom graphics if MINO (money is no object)
    Good website, prompt response on tech. questions pre-order, excellent order fulfillment and prices.

    • John Nov 2, 2019, 8:32 am

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks, good to have as many sources as possible.

  • Terence Thatcher Dec 29, 2019, 8:26 pm

    John , your lashing looks pretty minimal. How many turns of the small stuff do you use and what size and type of line? Thanks.

    • John Dec 30, 2019, 7:28 pm

      Hi Terence,

      Good question. In that case I think it’s 1/4″ Dacron double braid and about 3 turns. So, let’s see:break load = ~2000lb, so should be about 12000. Quite adequate. Those jacklines were originally experimental and came from John at HR&R with the Dacron already spliced on. Next time I will make it one piece around the mast and then use amsteel to lash, which is my normal approach.

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