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On one of my recent daysails (written about elsewhere on this board), I had, including myself, five people on board. Two of them sat on deck in front of the mast beam, one on port, the other on starboard. Vaea is a tiki 26, so if you don't sit on the tramp, the foredeck is a good seat. But...I have to say it makes me uncomfortable to have carefree sorts sitting there with no lifevests or short tethers on. I don't know how accomplished they are in the art of ocean swimming (!), or how calm they would be if they suddenly found themselves in the water, sans boat. At this point, Vaea has no sort of lifelines ( I have thought of rigging something from the cabin tops to the foreward beam ends), but even with them lifevests and tethers seem an excellent idea.
I have 4 inflatable vests with built-in harnesses/ crotch straps, 4 Wichard tethers, and 4 of those terrible orange things that are called life vests for Coast Guard compliance. Best used as cushions for backsides! If I go on another boat, I take my personal safety gear with me.
It seems no one but me thinks of these things: my wife (one of those on the foredeck) even gets testy with me if I voice these concerns! Despite this, I am leaning towards a more disciplined regime on MY boat! What are your views and thoughts on this situation?
Don't get me wrong: I am in favor of young, naked women lying on my tramp as much as the next fellow! The problem is I don't know any young, naked, COMPETENT SAILORS, who can swim like olympic gold medal winners!! :~)
First off I would say that I'm not a great fan of rules and regulations, and never wear a lifevest when on my own boats. If asked to do so on another persons boat, I would do so without question.
If you are the skipper then you are responsible for the vessel and those on board.
If your other half doesn't like the idea of lifevests etc. then try using her for a simulated M.O.B. she might just change her mind.
She might just leave me! ;~) Seriously though, that's a good idea. On the subject of an actual MOB, I just posted a picture from one of my cat sailing books on the site. It shows a MOB recovery technique, for upwind or downwind sailing. Charlie, leaving the sails up just in case the motor balks is good backup!_
This is a small, but I believe significant idea that I cannot claim responsibility for. When I asked a friend to tidy up our dock lines recently, he took the lines that were tied through the stem handles back and looped them once around the built-in cleats on the forward beam, then back to the cleats on the mast beam and cleated them off there. This made for a low-lying lifeline that I feel would be a great handhold, if not a complete barrier to someone inadvertently sliding outboard from the position you described.
Ever since then, that's how we tidy our dock lines. We do the same aft.