DIY safety harness

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by peterchech, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. peterchech
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    peterchech Senior Member

    I want to buy some professional jacklines and harnesses for my boat. But I can't exactly afford the outlay of at least $56 per harness and $70 for one jackline at the moment (I just ordered new line and have to wait a while for more such "investments").

    When I was rock climbing with the boy scouts, we often made our own harnesses (ie "swiss seat") out of excess rope. In a true emergency, even a double bowline could be used.

    Has anyone made a temporary harness from excess line, or excess webbing? Not something for crossing oceans with, but something that will work till I get some dinero together to buy the real thing?

    Any thoughts on using excess 1/4 inch double braid as a jackline?
  2. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    Whats a jack line ? The line running forward and aft that you clip into ? Dont use any round will roll underfoot...use flat webbing
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    BATAAN Senior Member

    Yes, flat webbing, and make your harness of the same.
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