Jacklines are a staple safety item for anyone planning to sail after dusk or blue water cruise--they keep you attached to the boat via a tether and harness. While each boat and boat owner has a different view on what to attach them to, and where, the process of attaching remains the same. For optimum placement, an additional padeye may need to be installed, so make sure you check this first before getting too far.
APS Jacklines are made and built to your specifications of length, out of 1/4" Dyneema with a polyester tubular webbing as a cover. Each jackline has a loop spliced into each end for attachment.
To attach them, simply luggage tag the fore end of the jackline to a padeye or bow cleat. For the rear attachment we recommend at least 1 tether length from the transom (this is important in case you do fall, that you are not behind the boat). A padeye is generally installed and the jackline is made about a foot shorter than the distance between the two anchor points. A piece of lashing line will be included with your jacklines and by tying a bowline to the padeye and lashing 3-4 times, finishing with half hitches, your jackline will be tight and you're ready to roll!
Watch the video to see it in action:
Remember, as with any piece of safety equipment, regular inspection is recommended and to prolong the life, remove from the deck when at the docks/on the hard.