Owners of larger boats need to look for less elastic materials.
Most offshore sailors are familiar with jacklines, those long linestypically made of high-strength, low-stretch webbingthat 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.