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 Post subject: Harness Fail
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:28 pm 
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I was out sailing on the Columbia River yesterday and attempted trapezing for my first time. The harness I have came with the boat and it's old! Luckily the 1 1/2" nylon webbing sheared in two right as I was beaching! The main was sheeted in and I could have been in serious trouble if I had lost the boat... do you all have stories of runaway hobies to share?!

Looking for recommendations on a new harness. Would a rock climbing harness suffice?


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Fail
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:54 pm 
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Do not use a rock climbing harness. There are plenty of purpose-built trapeze harnesses for catamaran sailing in a variety of styles and price ranges. Get one that's intended for the job.

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 Post subject: Re: Harness Fail
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:46 pm 
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See a Hobie dealer for an appropriate harness.

And yes... I have a story!

Been there... I was solo sailing when a trapeze hook failed, swam a few miles back towards shore. My boat sailed back by itself. Was warm water at least. Lucky for me someone on another boat spotted me. Would have been another half mile or so swim.

WEAR a pfd.
Keep fit, keep calm.

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 Post subject: Re: Harness Fail
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:22 pm 
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Yeah I suppose I should look at a proper new harness. I was just thinking since I have the spreader/hook that I could fashion one from a climbing harness or something.

And yes, this is a good wake up call for wearing a pfd. Do people ever leash onto the boat or is that dangerous if you got knocked out?

Matt- good thing your boat was headed for shore :) It could have ended up in Japan if pointed west on the Pacific haha. I'm so glad I didn't send my boat crashing into something or out to sea.


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