Written in response to a request from the PacCup Chief Inspector.
Here is our harness/tether policy:
We are double-handed. It is understood that a MOB in all but the mildest of conditions will more than likely not be recoverable.
I have just received two brand new Wichard double-hook tethers, the kind with the glow in the dark ends.
I also have new jacklines to replace the old ones that are wearing out from UV exposure. These are special flat nylon webbing specifically designed for lifelines with 7000 lb breaking strength, and custom sized to our vessel.
We are presently sourcing new Spinlock PFD/Harnesses which come in S/M/L for better comfort and fit. We will carry the older gear as backup along with recharge kits.
The policy of the boat is for all crew to be wearing PFD/harness and clipped in at all times outside the Gate, except when bathing, when a simple harness will be worn.
The crew on watch will carry our Standard Horizon HX851 handheld radio on his/her person, which has DSC/GPS capability, which along with our in-cockpit AIS display should facilitate MOB location if necessary. I am also looking to get 2 of the newly approved Kannand R10 AIS MoB beacons to be worn inside the PFDs.
But mainly NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT.