I was looking at the Wichard jackline system, which the last time I looked I thought were horrifically overpriced at around $200 for a 30-footer. I thought they were pretty cool though because they have reflective tape in them and dayglow hardware, and I was hoping they had come down to something reasonable. Well, they have come down almost half, so that is getting more reasonable (if the forged tensioner pieces are $50/pair and sewing the loop is maybe $10/pair that makes the webbing $1.50/foot). Anyway, I read the following blurb and had a question.
Lyf'Safe by Wichard is a complete jackline kit allowing safer foredeck and mast work - especially at night and in marginal conditions. Note that while it's common to think of installing jacklines at deck level, a safer and more functional installation would have the jacklines suspended near waist or chest height, using elevated structures on the vessel for intermediate suspension point(s). Can be tailored to the length of the boat (using the adjuster) Attaches to adequately strong cleats, padeyes, pulpitpushpits, etc.
Has anyone done a "suspended" jackline like this? I've never seen or heard of such a thing. How "functional" could that really be? Unless you are mounting them alongside the top lifeline, and wouldn't that just increase how far you are at "the end of your tether" (so to speak) if you go overboard?