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Old 17 June 2018, 05:03   #1
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safety line?

I know the general opinion for wearing a tether/safety line on a Rib is generally no, I wonder if it would be a good idea in certain situations?
For instance I fish from my Humber around Portland and Weymouth and sometimes when over the Shambles or around the Portland race it can get a bit hairy when drift fishing as you often end up drifting side on to waves and swell. I often think maybe I should wear a tether to prevent falling overboard with such low sided craft like a rib. Slipping over the side is a real possibility and maybe being attached on a short line would be a good idea? I am usually on my own when fishing so no help from crew available.
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Old 17 June 2018, 07:05   #2
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If you're not under power, not going to capsize, not going to get the line tangled up in anything and it's short enough to keep you in the boat rather than half in, half out... that sounds a sensible idea to me, particularly if you're alone.
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I know the general opinion for wearing a tether/safety line on a Rib is generally no, I wonder if it would be a good idea in certain situations?
For instance I fish from my Humber around Portland and Weymouth and sometimes when over the Shambles or around the Portland race it can get a bit hairy when drift fishing as you often end up drifting side on to waves and swell. I often think maybe I should wear a tether to prevent falling overboard with such low sided craft like a rib. Slipping over the side is a real possibility and maybe being attached on a short line would be a good idea? I am usually on my own when fishing so no help from crew available.
I personally would not wear a tether, even under the circumstances described. if the boat were to flip you could be in danger of getting snagged under water. I would, however wear a PLB on my life jacket, especially if fishing alone.
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I personally would not wear a tether, even under the circumstances described. if the boat were to flip you could be in danger of getting snagged under water. I would, however wear a PLB on my life jacket, especially if fishing alone.
Hmmm.

No figures to hand, but I'd guess a lot more folk have ended up in the water though falling overboard from a Rib than ended there from a capsized one.

No harm in the PLB but undoubtedly better not to end up in the water in the first place

Think I'm with James on this one
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Thanks for your thoughts. I do have a plb on me at all times and I would make sure any leash would be short enough to keep me totally in the boat, more likely to just slip and fall over in the boat hopefully and not fall out but I don,t really want to be drifting off with no chance of catching the boat before it drifted away.
May get one just for when it,s a bit rough.
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One of the difficulties may be finding somewhere secure to attach it to that doesn't make the tether long enough to leave you dangling half in half out of the water. Whilst you wouldn't go anywhere, it may make a self rescue difficult.

You could tether on to a seat back, console rail or A-frame but they would need to be secure enough that in the event of you falling they wouldn't follow you over the side.

Would having a longer line and a 'fail-safe' method of getting back on board be a compromise approach. the tether could then be anchored at deck level or on to a deck mounted jack line. You can get elasticated safety lines which are about 2m long which would be long enough to give you some manoeuvrability to get to your boarding ladder.
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I could clip to a seat back frame, these are pretty strong, staying inboard is a priority I think. Getting back on board in a rough sea would be problematic.
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I am very often out fishing alone and I clip to a tether when drifting and at anchor ............ never under power. I also always have a PLB in the lifejacket pocket and a DSC portable radio clipped to the LJ.

My tethers are a short length of 12mm 3 strand nylon with quick release carabineers spliced on each end. I usually clip to either the front lifting eye, or the rear towing eye. With a decent tether rope you can use upper body strength to haul yourself to a position where you can re-enter the boat, which would usually be a climb up the outboard or ladder.

I usually always clip up when dropping the anchor as that is when you are most likely to go over the side
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I am very often out fishing alone and I clip to a tether when drifting and at anchor ............ never under power. I also always have a PLB in the lifejacket pocket and a DSC portable radio clipped to the LJ.

My tethers are a short length of 12mm 3 strand nylon with quick release carabineers spliced on each end. I usually clip to either the front lifting eye, or the rear towing eye. With a decent tether rope you can use upper body strength to haul yourself to a position where you can re-enter the boat, which would usually be a climb up the outboard or ladder.

I usually always clip up when dropping the anchor as that is when you are most likely to go over the side
Does your life jacket have a harness? or do you clip to something else?
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Anything you can do to limit the boat sitting side on to waves? Eg. Deploy a drogue?

If I was going to be tethered to a small boat, alone, Id want some sort of escape mechanism to hand - line cutter, or harness as used in kayak rescue work- so that I could escape even under tension.
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