Dont know what a Jackstay is? A Jackstay is a safety line attached to a boat at both ends. It helps the crew to navigate safely around the vessel in turbulent conditions and on slippery decks. Harnesses can be hooked to the jackstay so that in the event of a slip or fall, the risk of going overboard is dramatically reduced.
Use Jackstays Whatever the Conditions
Although often only used in adverse conditions, it is wise to take advantage of jackstays even when the sea and weather have served up benign conditions. It is possible to slip or fall at any time, even on calmer seas. If you are alone on a boat there will be nobody to help if you go overboard. If someone goes overboard when other crew members are resting, then there may be nobody aware of the situation and in a position to search or to raise the alarm.
Securing Your Jackstays
Jackstays are positioned to run from fore to aft to enable crew members to navigate from one end of the deck to the other. Unfortunately crew members have to reach the jackstays before they can secure themselves to them. Crew can be vulnerable in hazardous conditions, for instance, when exiting the cabin or cockpit and so it is always worth securing additional jackstays to ensure that the main line can be safely reached.
Also known as Jack lines, Jackstays are fashioned form strong, durable materials that can take the strain of several body weights. However, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and so it is essential that jackstays are attached securely to the right points on the vessel. These should be attachment points that are welded or bolted through the deck.
Jackstays and Accessories from Pirates Cave
At Pirates Cave we have the jackstays, safety eyes and line links you need to create a safer environment on board your vessel. If you need any further advice about selecting and securing jackstays then please contact our friendly, expert team for assistance.