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Keep your automatic or
manual inflatable PFD in the optimum position with these straps featuring
holster-style leg attachment, sewn on Velcro
storage tab, quick-release, color
coded buckles for easy attachment and universal sizing. Sold as a pair. Storage
WMPFD# WM-DTS ShWt .2
Child's Safety Harness
More appropriate for little boaters, the smaller
hardware and webbing size of this harness reduces
weight and increases comfort. Features include
strong, 1"W nylon webbing with rugged, nylon Nexus,
side-buckle/adjuster. Harness is worn tether forward
and ties into a simple webbing loop to further reduce
weight. A cross-back strap keeps the shoulder straps
in place. Use with or without the between-the-legs
strap, which stabilize the harness against upward
pulls. Tether sold separately.
Meets ISAF Spec:
1"W nylon webbing
Tether Attachment Hardware:
Maximum chest size 32"
WMSAF# WMSH-STD-C ShWt .9
Ultimate Safety Harness
Meet ISAF requirements with this safety harness
featuring soft, comfortable 2"W webbing, double
D-rings and centrally located, acetal resin buckle
for easier donning. A SOLAS-grade whistle with
lanyard stores in an elastic pouch. A second elastic
pouch with lanyard can fit a personal strobe light,
flares or knife. SOLAS-grade tape patches on the
shoulders reflect light for visibility. Safety yellow
shoulder straps and chest strap. All-stainless steel,
non-magnetic hardware. Tether sold separately.
Sailboat deck harness
Meets ISAF Spec:
Webbing Breaking Strength:
Acetal resin/stainless steel
Tether Attachment Hardware:
1/4" stainless steel D-rings
Tethers & Jacklines
Thigh straps connected to PFD
Crotch Strap for Inflatable PFDs
Appropriate for those wanting a more secure fit, this
crotch strap prevents the Mustang inflatable PFDs
from riding up during use. Fits Mustang Survival PFDs with 1" or 1 1/2" webbing.
One size fits most.
MUSTA# MA3032 ShWt .2
Rugged nylon netting keeps kids, headsails, crew and pets
aboard. Nets are 2'H and install with Safety Netting Clips
Polyester Webbing Jacklines
Move with relative freedom about the boat without
detaching your tether! Features a 12" eye sewn using two
W stitches at each end. Yellow, low-stretch polyester web
boasts a 6,000lb. minimum break strength. Stretch is 15-
22% at 80% of breaking load. UV-resistant. Special dye
holds its color even in the harshest marine conditions.
Includes ventilated storage bag with one jackline.
Safety Netting Clips (50)
What They Do
Safety harnesses are webbing assemblies that physically connect you to the boat
to prevent you from falling overboard or, failing in that role, are intended to keep you
from being separated from the boat. Harnesses are either stand-alone items or are
integrated with offshore type inflatable life vests. Tethers clip you to a fixed-location
padeye or to jacklines (also called trolley lines or jack stays) that are lengths of rope,
webbing or wire running fore and aft or athwartships. Jacklines can be run on the
boat's centerline, along each side deck or secured inside the cockpit.
For years, customers bought foam life jackets, safety harnesses, and tethers when
they equipped their boats to go offshore. This has changed dramatically with the
introduction of the combination safety harness and inflatable life jacket. In virtually
all conditions where you'd wear a safety harness, you'd also wear a life jacket, and
vice versa, so in our opinion, buying separate items is not warranted.
There's another reason to wear harnesses integrated with inflatables: it's very dif-
ficult to find a combination of separate life jackets and harnesses that don't interfere
with one another. And it's time consuming to prepare to come on deck when you
have to juggle foul weather gear, gloves, a hat, life jacket, etc. We prefer the simplic-
ity of putting on one piece of safety gear with all of the components built-in. We also
recommend a Personal Gear Pouch, the ideal place for small flares, a strobe light
and PLB. Slide the pouch onto the waist belt of your safety harness or life jacket.
Jacklines should be as strong as the safety harness, since the strain on them is
greater. They are commonly made from nylon webbing treated to resist UV deg-
radation, but nylon stretches too much, allowing too much range of motion when
crewmembers are clipped to it. Therefore, we recommend either using polyester
webbing jacklines from West Marine (which are easier on your feet than stepping
on round line, and won't roll under your feet and knock you off balance). Any
of those alternatives will dramatically reduce the distance that the jacklines can
be pulled off-center, which can contribute to keeping your crew on deck where
they belong. It is also critical to tether yourself on a short leash, so when a wave
bashes you, you only get knocked down, and not overboard. A double tether (with
both a 3' and a 6' leash) is great for this purpose. Use the short section when in a
stationary location. ISAF's rules include this warning:
"A safety harness is not designed to
tow a person in the water and it is important that a harness is used to minimize or eliminate the risk of
a person's torso becoming immersed in water outside the boat. The diligent use of a properly adjusted
safety harness is regarded as by far the most effective way of preventing man overboard incidents."
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