Safety Tether

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RickCA
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Safety Tether

#1 Post by RickCA » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:20 pm

Noel - on the Trailer Sailor forum you mentioned that you have installed a tether padeye at the foot of your companionway. Can you talk more about how you did this and maybe show a picture?

Thanks!

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Re: Safety Tether

#2 Post by noel » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:56 am

Installed by Sage Marine. Positioned behind the mainsheet block would have been a better location. No need to unhook when tacking or jibing. But that location has a few negatives. Hard to access for maintenance or replacement. Bad location if the fitting develops a leak. Tether purchased (Kong 2 leg) longer leg is 6 feet. Companionway location even using the longer leg reduces the chance for me to be pitched totally overboard, allows hooking in and out from within the cabin, allows me to easily reach the mast from within the companionway.

Purchased the Kong based on Practical Sailor articles. 6ft long leg is too long for our small boats. Plan is to find some single dynamic climbing rope (8.5-9.2mm) and make a custom length tether recycling the Kong hooks and harness quick release.
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Re: Safety Tether

#3 Post by noel » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:10 am

Hindsight after a season of sailing on rock-n-roll L. Superior. Should have had a 2nd pad-eye located forward at the bow. For now will use the pulpit lifeline loops or maybe attach a loop of webbing or line through the bow cleat. Should have opted for the triple cabin top handholds (stock Cat). Even though I think it detracts from the S15’s pretty lines, the stern rails that some M15 boats have would be functional nice. Not sure if the stern rail would interfere with tilting the motor up and removing it when on the water. Plus it would add a few more locations for leaks to develop. Prefer to have minimum number of holes in my boat.

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Re: Safety Tether

#4 Post by RickCA » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:00 pm

Thanks Noel - you were smart to think of having Sage do that.

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Re: Safety Tether

#5 Post by kingco » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:23 pm

Thanks for the pic and thoughts! Could you post a pic of how it is backed up inside the cabin?

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Re: Safety Tether

#6 Post by noel » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:29 am

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Sorry for the slow reply

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