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There is a lot of talk on this thread (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=417) and this one (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=739)

I added righting lines in 2008 after advice from John Mellor. Mine is one rope that goes around the mast and out through the chain plates on either side. The free end runs back to the spinaker block where it is kept in an elastic keeper.

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Having practised with mine (see thread here: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=639) I would make the following observations.

1. When on her side it is hard to reach up and grab righting lines on the side of the boat (see photo as it is a long way to the blue line up by the gunwhale) – not sure of solution to this but having righting lines taped to the shrouds would only make it harder to get at them rather than a free long line running along the side. Oddly, or perhaps not unsurprisingly, it is easier when there is total inversion!


2. A foot loop would help on the end of the lines – but if they are too long they will get in the way of everything else.

3. They are an essential aid.

So in summary – perhaps mine need to be a bit longer but not much, as once freed they are nearly long enough and anything longer would get in the way when sailing – unless they are taped up in which case i think they would be harder to access when you need them in a hurry. I think there is enough else going on around the transom to want more lines that might catch and drag at inopportune moments.