|Hand hold above the dodger|
|EPIRB-an emergency GPS|
beacon. "Deploy only in grave
and emergency situations." This
post does not address EPIRB.
Research EPIRB use elsewhere.
|A deployed EPIRB will broadcast|
boat location and need for emer-
gency assistance to NOAA.
Natl Oceanic & Atmospheric
|Man Overboard. MOB.|
|Quick-release attaches to harness, which|
is built into this life jacket
|Pair of stainless eye hooks beside companionway|
|Pair of stainless eye hooks each side of helm.|
|Elasticized tether with a short and a long line.|
|Clipping onto jackline before stepping out|
|Heavy-duty stainless frame built around each dorade. Frame protects the dorade |
and makes for sturdy hand holds.
The jacklines are made of tough braiding designed for that purpose. We would not think of going offshore without having jacklines in place first. So, when we need to go on deck, we first hank on to the jackline before stepping out of the cockpit. As I walk forward, the tether moves along the deck with me. Depending upon the design of the boat, a person may have to squeeze to get through a narrow place where the standing rigging is attached to the deck. It is during this process that the usefulness of having two tether lines, one shorter and one longer may become most apparent.
|Squeezing between standing rigging|
and structure surrounding dorade.
|Stainless hand holds on deck. Note that|
tether drags along with wearer across
the deck. Jackline to be set up inside
the standing rigging.
|A shiny dorade. Ventilation to cabin below.|
Dorades are the large curved “tubes” that are mounted on top of the cabin roof. They can be turned to face in different directions with the intent to capture breeze and send it below for ventilation, even when it’s raining or there’s wave washing over the deck. And of course, there are lifelines along the perimeter of the entire sailboat.
|"There goes my hat."|
|Should have been wearing this hat clip.|