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The other end of the green line is attached to the bow. I clip the stainless carabiner to the deck shock cord when I'm not in the boat, or when I'm getting ready to land.John,
I like that set up, but what are the steps you take?
Is the green line pre clipped to the black line and after in your boat with spray skirt stretched on to the lip,
you then unclip the green line and attach it to your spray skirt?
Does the bow attached line interfere with self rescue? I could see you paddle tangling with the safety line if you self rescued by re-entering (under water) and rolling back up.
It is hard to picture a "video" of this in my mind. 3 dimension plus wind, waves, and a boat that is trying it's best to get away from you.
I think all methods decribed above are ok, however you method of self rescue might determine the best way to tether your self with a safety line to your boat.
Hi John. Do you have more pictures? I can't what the black cord is attached to. Does not look like it is looped through the sprayskirt handle.The other end of the green line is attached to the bow. I clip the stainless carabiner to the deck shock cord when I'm not in the boat, or when I'm getting ready to land.
After I get into the boat, I clip the carabiner to the thin shock cord loop which is attached to my sprayskirt.
If I'm paddling solo, my preferred self-rescue (if my roll fails) is re-enter and roll, or re-enter and roll with paddle float (probably). I have done one of those with the bow line attached and it went OK with no tangles. I feel that the line to the bow is less likely to be a tangle than the other 'setup' I used for a while - the under spraydeck line from my waist to the cockpit floor. But that system has the big advantage of being 'nearby' to the cockpit.
When I'm paddling solo, I am very very cautious, so the tether is definitely in the "I don't plan to use it but just in case..." category. Watching the boat float away is the stuff of nightmares, for me. I never had a problem staying clipped in- even in nice weather - when I was offshore in my sailboat.
I didn't want to "tie down" the sprayskirt handle in any way. Luckily both the skirts I use most often (different boats) had a spot where I could thread that 1/8" shock cord through. If they hadn't, I would have sewn a small webbing loop to the webbing of the handle to provide an attachment point.Hi John. Do you have more pictures? I can't what the black cord is attached to.