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Comfortable lifelines to lay against

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What is the issue?
Some cockpits have natural seating or resting positions that have the crew sitting in the cockpit and reclining back on the guard rails. Though the shape of the cockpit may naturally lead itself to this position, the narrow lifelines become very uncomfortable to lean upon after the shortest amount of time.

Why address this?
If the cockpit inclines people to recline against the guard rails you should facilitate the natural layout as best as possible.

How to address this?
A simple solution is to replace the wire guard rails with webbing which is much more comfortable to lean back upon for extended periods.

Measure the required lengths
Drawing: Tony Gibson

Use D-Rings at each end to connect the webbing
Drawing: Tony Gibson

Webbing guard rails
Drawing: Tony Gibson

If operating on a budget automobile seat belts offer the same strength as guard rails and can be picked up in most breakers yards for very little money. However, unlike the stainless steel guard rails, you will need to watch them for UV degradation and replace them in time.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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