Installation of safety netting on a sailboat

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Installation of safety netting on a sailboat
Netting on a sailboat is attached to the safety rails. (sailboat image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com)

Netting can be installed around your sailboat to prevent riders from falling off into the water. It is attached to the lifeline that runs along both sides of the craft. Safety netting is made of synthetic materials that will not deteriorate in the sun, and thus will last many years.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Metal wire
  • Zip ties
  • Wire cutters or cutting shears

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Calculate how much netting you need for the size of your boat. Measure from the front of the bow to the middle of the stern. Double this figure, then add the width of the vessel. This is the total amount of netting you need.

  2. 2

    Install a metal wire at the bottom of the bow pulpit to the bottom of the safety railing around the boat. Run the wire along the length of the port and starboard sides of the boat.

  3. 3

    Roll out the netting along the length of the sailboat. Attach the beginning of the netting to the top and bottom of the bow pulpit with a zip tie.

  4. 4

    Pull the netting down, in a diagonal line, and attach it to the metal wire you installed in Step 2.

  5. 5

    Pull the netting diagonally from the bottom up, to make a straight line, and attach it to the lifeline at the top of the safety railing.

  6. 6

    Go back and attach the netting to the bottom wire and the lifeline with the zip ties. Cut the ends of the zip ties with the wire cutters or cutting shears.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6 until you have installed all the netting.

Tips and warnings

  • The netting should have the shape of diamonds after it is installed on the boat.
  • If you do not want to install a metal wire to secure the netting you can use the toe rail if it has holes for the zip ties.

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