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    Posted: 28 Aug 2017 at 11:36am
Hello,
I'm the new owner of an old CO32 and am shopping for safety lines.  I've read of the dangers of too long a line and am quite taken with the three clip line for going forward.  I see the chandleries offer 2m or 1.8m lengths but wonder what experienced CO32 sailors find to be the optimum.
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Hi Gillian,
with a boat as narrow as the Co32 the shorter the better as you want to be stopped from going over the side rather than dragged along in the water.   Always clip on the high side when going forward in heavy weather.
I have some of the elasticated clip on lines and find them very good because when not in use they retract and stay out of the way.   

for the bow to stern jackstays I suggest you use webbing but be aware that it can degrade in UV light so I often remove mine if the boat is not going to be used for a period or time and always remove when not sailing over winter.

hope this helps.
George

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Hi George - can I ask are there specific points where these lines are attched?
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Hi Jeremy,
On most boats they tend to be connected to a U-bolt at the bow just aft of the anchor locker (also used for spinnaker pole downhaul.  At the aft of the boat they are often attached to the base of the aft-most staunchen base or to a U-bolt a little further back.  There is little point in having them much further aft.

The key thing is that you can reach out of the cockpit and clip on without having to leave the cockpit, where you may also be clipped on if the weather is really bad.   The co32 cockpit feels so secure I have probably clipped on there less than a handful of times in 40 years.

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Great - thanks for that
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When I bought my boat it had wire Jackstays which were shackled to the ‘U’ bolt on the foredeck & swaged onto the ‘U’ ’ bolts aft - horrible & I removed them for the following reasons:
1 They beat the hell out of the gelcoat on the Cabin Sides
2 If you put your foot on wire it can roll & in extremis could cause you to fall over the guardrails (I know because I did it in a full Gale but managed to catch the rail as I went over!
3 it’s very difficult to see if the wires are broken internally
4 Stainless is not rustless & wires can stain the deck
My Jackstays are webbing with loops at the forward end for shackling to the ‘U’ bolt and S/S triangles in loops at the aft end to take lashings for tensioning. Although Dyneema may seem attractive for lashings on account of its strength I would use polyester as Dyneema doesnt like tight turns or knots
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thanks colin that's very helpful!
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