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In the ar­ti­cle Stay­ing Alive (July 2017), Peter Nielsen men­tioned my pre­ferred way of stay­ing on board in a para­graph be­gin­ning, “Another ap­proach to jack­lines is to rig them at shoul­der level…”

Life­lines are set at pre­cisely the cor­rect height to tip the av­er­age-size per­son over the side. Be­fore set­ting off on a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion with my fam­ily, I se­ri­ously re­searched how my­self, my wife, Carole, and my son Ryan (of vary­ing sizes) could be kept safe.

Jack­lines on deck, clipped to the har­ness, would do a per­fect job of en­sur­ing that we would re­main at­tached to the boat, al­beit while be­ing dragged along­side. While this is prefer­able to bob­bing in the wake, get­ting back on board is very dif­fi­cult, even more so mid-ocean.

We de­cided that stay­ing on the boat was the bet­ter op­tion, so I rigged chest-high lines from the stern to the cen­ter shrouds, then to the pul­pit on both sides of the boat. These did not in­ter­fere with the sails or lines, kept us from fall­ing over, pro­vided a real sense of se­cu­rity, were sim­pler to rig and use than jack­lines and made a great place to hang the wash­ing.

In our more than six-year cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion, I lost track of the num­ber of times this sys­tem kept me on the deck of our Ma­son 53,

Dol­phin Spirit, phys­i­cally. Men­tally, just see­ing the jack­lines there pro­vided a sense of se­cu­rity and con­fi­dence.

— Lau­rie Pane, Bris­bane, Aus­tralia

AMER­ICA’S CUP...? I am still stew­ing over how con­tes­tants en­ter­ing the Amer­ica’s Cup have been al­lowed to play fast and loose with “sail­ing.” As far as I’m con­cerned, I saw noth­ing that even re­motely had to do with it. I find it dis­taste­ful to so much as ut­ter the word “boat” when de­scrib­ing some­thing such as Or­a­cle’s. It seems the only time these so-called “boats” even get wet is when those who are top­side make a mis­take and have it nose in the wa­ter. Please bring real boats back to the race—mono­hulls with sails that are hoisted up and down. That was real skill and tal­ent. — Drew Thomas, USAF, (Ret.)

The ar­ti­cle Sail­ing In­stru­ments, (Au­gust 2017) was in­for­ma­tive but left out prod­ucts from Fu­runo. My in­stru­ments are a gen­er­a­tion old (FI50 se­ries) but they were easy to in­stall and have been com­pletely re­li­able. I have a 1978 San­tana 525, Full Moon, old but NO S N H O J R O T still in good shape. Y B O T O H P — John Menge­doht, Seat­tle, WA

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