Jacklines on an Alberg

I finally got around to installing jacklines on the boat. I had purchased the hardware a month ago and had got the actual lines made up last winter. All I had to do was drill some holes and bed the hardware – about 1 hour worth of work that I’ve put off for far too long. As you can see I mounted some real heavy ‘D’ rings to the side of the cabin right in front of the cockpit combing. Then ran the lines to my anchor cleats. With this set up I can reach around to clip on with out leaving the safety of the cockpit. Also they are easily removed when not needed. For now I will leave them on and with give the boy a try on them with a harness. That way I can work on deck and not worry about him going over. See my post Keeping the Boy on the Boat for more info on how we keep our 20 month old safe on board.


  • Hayden

    That fitting that you have attached to your boat is most likly insificint for the amout of force being ecertied on a jackline, jacklines are designed to take thousands of pounds of force ask yourself would you feel comfortable hanging your car from that fiting, if not than its not good enough.

  • Strathy

    I appreciate your concern. I did do the research before I bought the fittings for the jacklines. Most safety regulators are looking for a breaking strenth of just under 5000 lbs for safety harness equipment. The jacklines themselves are rated at 7000 lbs if I remember correctly. The stainless bow shackle is rated at 8000 lbs and the drop forged stainless pad eyes are rated for right around 5000 lbs. NOTE: I’m going by memory on these numbers so don’t quote me.

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