Sailing to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean 1500

Safety Equipment and Procedures

These two pictures show one of the two tethers that lead from the cockpit to the jacklines on the side decks. By keeping tethers permanently installed, we just had to clip the tether to our harness when leaving the cockpit. My own personal harness had a couple of tethers attached.

The Caribbean 1500 placed great emphasis on safety, and so did Jeff. Here's an outline of our equipment and procedures.

 This shows the yellow jackline leading up the side deck; it ran from bow to stern. It was routed on top of everything (like the jib sheets, etc.) so you wouldn't have to unclip and reclip the tether while walking around.
Safety Equipment Safety procedures

I thought our safety equipment / procedures were lacking in one area: having good sea berths. On Night Heron, the forward and aft cabins had large queen-size or king-size berths with no lee cloths; the settees in the saloon also did not have lee cloths. Much of the trip was very bouncy and rolly from swell and wind waves, and the lack of good sea berths added to the difficulty in getting good rest.

On the next page, you can see pictures of Schooner's safety procedures.

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