Lifejackets and Harnesses

The Volvo Ocean Race boat ABN Amro One employs a centerline jackline and fixed clip-in points to keep crew on board.

Jackline Materials Evaluation

Owners of larger boats need to look for less elastic materials.

Most offshore sailors are familiar with jacklines, those long lines—typically made of high-strength, low-stretch webbing—that run along the deck, offering a convenient way for sailors to clip in with their safety tethers and still move about. They provide peace of mind when going forward, and security in the event of a misstep. In previous articles, we reviewed the use of tethers and jacklines . In this report, we take a closer look at the ideal jackline material, with particular focus on elasticity and how the best material is not the same for big boats as it is for smaller boats.

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