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Jack lines and tethers

what is best way to run and attach ?

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West Marine sells a kit of 30' polyester webbing jackline with a 12" eye in each end.
On our '83, we secure the aft end to the most forward stanchion of the stern pushpit (i.e., feed the standing end through the loop) and run it forward, inside the shrouds, to a cleat in the middle of the foredeck (which a prior owner added to secure the anchor).

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I bought the ​​Wichard Lyf'Safe Jackline Kit from Defender (36-foot) and secured them to the forward cleats on both sides.  I ran them aft, outside the shrouds, to the aft stanchion of the lifeline gate. That way you could clip-on before leaving the cockpit going forward, but if you were wearing a six-foot teather you still could not be dragged aft.  

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My jacklines run from the aft gate stantion inside the shrouds up to a U bolt just forward of the deck lights ( probably installed for a spinnaker pole fore-guy/downhaul).  

Joined: 10/31/16
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I thought jacklines ran inside the shrouds

Joined: 5/29/16
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Thanks for input on jack lines now I saw a tether on YouTube that was designed for solo sailors which I do a lot does anyone know where to purchase such a device?

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One of the safest places on the boat is INSIDE the shrouds. Therefore I always attach my jacklines at the bow cleats, run aft inside the shrouds, and attach to stern cleats, with the excess coiled and tied to the stern pulpit.

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I bet a cleat is better than a stanchion in terms of strength for attachment. Bow cleat to stern cleat sounds like the way to go.

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I agree that cleats are better than staunchions. I also think it is a good idea to have the jacklines go the aft end of the cockpit. When things get sporty and at night we go into the cabin before disconnecting the tether at the chest. I was in an overnight race many years ago when a man was lost in the middle of the night. He was coming into the cockpit with tether end in hand when the boat lurched and he was thrown overboard.

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