December 31, 2001 8:51 AM

Hi all,

Regarding ladders and falling overboard, one advantage the SW's have if they are not moving is one can climb aboard alongside at the lowest point of the decks. Simply grab the lifeline, pull yourself up slipping your legs under the lifeline and slip aboard. I've done it with full winter clothing on and soaking wet and it only takes a few seconds.


Jan 3, 2002 11:49am

I envy those talking about re-boarding after falling overboard. I am 75 years, never was physically strong, 6'1" high 220 lb. out of shape. I could never climb the bobstay, and only climb amidships if the boat were heeled far. I always use jackstay and harness when out of the cockpit at night or in heavy weather.


Jan 3, 2002 3:48pm

Jackstay and harness offshore are key, I also use them in the Sound when water temp goes down. But I still have the loop or the rope ladder geared on...

Jan 13, 2002 7:15pm

Another good idea, let's all practice (in the summer!). Bert dF

Date: Sun Jan 13, 2002 7:17pm

Although any headers off the boat I have taken are usually motivated by desire I do usually trail a 200 foot length of 1/4 " polypropylene line behind with a nice big eye splice in it, just in case when I am offshore.