Another Look at Fitting Jacklines

Jacklines are an integral part of man-overboard prevention that includes a well-designed harness, two-leg tether, and a proper snap hook. But how and where to rig the jackline has always been favorite fodder at the bar. An experienced RYC Yachtmaster explains why inboard closer to the centerline is better than along the rail.


“Keep the crew on the inside and the water on the outside.”

To continue reading this article or issue you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Practical Sailor

Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge.
Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE!
Already Subscribed?
| Forgot your password? | Activate Web Access
Roland Stockham
Roland Stockham got his start sailing Olympic-class 470s and Finns in his native England. He started his journey as a voyager crewing for yacht owners sailing to Europe because he was handy at diesel repair. His first cruising boat was a 26-ft. Folkboat with no engine. He lives in British Columbia and sails a 35-ft. Colin Archer design. He is a Royal Yachting Association certified Yacht Master and is qualified to make trans-oceanic deliveries.