I've talked a bit about some extra safety precautions I'm going to do on my Third-of-the-way-across-an-Ocean trip this July. I owe it to my kids, myself, and my couple of readers. I want to make sure I make it a third of the way across the ocean in one piece and firmly on the same boat that I started on.
One of the most important is to tether on at night, when out of the cockpit, or in any kind of heavy seas. It's something I didn't do the first time I crossed all three thirds of the Atlantic and though all's well that ends well, I was wrong to not take the precautions.
When I look at my safety gear, I have one heck of a good lifejacket/harness but my tether leaves a lot to be desired. Not only doesn't it meet the OSRs but it's unattractive and old, a deadly combination. So I ordered a new one today from Landfall Navigation. I deliberately didn't get the triple-ended one, figuring that a tether that I'll actually use is better than the perfect tether that I keep in my gearbag.
Notice how attractive and new this tether is. It has a yellow double-safety clip, rainbow wear-indication webbing, and a hair-scrunchy-like main length. I will look good and be safe, all third of the way across the Pacific.