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Gillian View Drop Down
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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.
Gillian

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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

George Isted
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