Safety Alert

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ssnod...@foxrothschild.com

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May 16, 2007, 10:37:19 AM5/16/07
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I though that I should alert everyone of a possible safety issue.

Yesterday at our lake one of the guys had adjustable harness lines
with the plastic toggle to make shortening them easier. He fell and
the toggle went between the bars at the back of his harness hook and
then twisted as it went up toward the hook. It took him a minute or
so before he could release it. Luckey for him that he was on top of
his sail and not under it.

The fix was easy. Duck tape over the wide opening on the hook so the
toggle win't fit through.

It is no problem with a reactor bar because the hook is a solid peice
of metal.

Michael

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May 16, 2007, 6:01:07 PM5/16/07
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On May 16, 10:37 am, ssnodgr...@foxrothschild.com wrote:
Thanks for posting this, Stu. Checking harness line parts to see if
they might get stuck is one thing to do. Another is to be well versed
in how to disconnect your spreader bar in a hurry!

Michael

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May 16, 2007, 11:44:17 PM5/16/07
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Thanks for posting this, Stu. This is the kind of freak coincidence
that is avoidable. Also worth noting is: know how to release your
spreader bar!

On May 16, 10:37 am, ssnodgr...@foxrothschild.com wrote:

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May 17, 2007, 1:22:11 AM5/17/07
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. Another is to be well versed
> in how to disconnect your spreader bar in a hurry!
>
>
Impossible with DaKine harness buckles I think! I haven't had any
falls where I've ended up under the sail hooked in for some years now
(I think its something to do with the number of catapaults!) But its
still at the back of my mind. I wish they had a quick release.

Glenn Woodell

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May 18, 2007, 7:40:36 PM5/18/07
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One reason I quit using Dakine harness was that their buckles would
slip. The other was that their quick release buckle was not quick.

I switched to Prolimit and solved both problems. I believe North now
uses the same design.

Glenn

Tsunami

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May 20, 2007, 3:23:45 PM5/20/07
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"Glenn Woodell" <let...@cox.net> wrote in message
news:69es43dpef8sp9dtq...@4ax.com...

> One reason I quit using Dakine harness was that their buckles would
> slip. The other was that their quick release buckle was not quick.
>
> I switched to Prolimit and solved both problems. I believe North now
> uses the same design.
>
> Glenn
>
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Glenn I disagree.

No harness in the world takes longer than 10sec to remove. Anyone can hold
their breath for 30sec.

They key is to be prepared mentally and when you fall in and can't get free
just take the harness off same as you do in the carpark


rh

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May 20, 2007, 9:40:38 PM5/20/07
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I find I can always take a breath by pushing my head out of the water in
front of the boom head even when I am under the sail and still hooked in.

rh

outdrsmn

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May 20, 2007, 11:21:56 PM5/20/07
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I was wondering about this. The only Dakine harness I have is an
impact vest so I tried it out on the water today, 2 seconds and the
bar was released. I was a bit surprised how easy the buckle came
undone. Strange thing is I tried to release the opposite side and had
a hard time doing it. I took both sides off and found the webbing was
threaded thrugh the clip backwards on the difficult side.

Michael

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May 21, 2007, 10:19:00 AM5/21/07
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I think it's worthwhile to remind people who are relatively new to the
harness about the possibility of getting hung up like this, and what
to do about it (stay calm, be practiced in removing harness.)

Bob

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May 21, 2007, 12:12:36 PM5/21/07
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I wonder if anyone else is aware that dakine provides a little razor in
the rear pocket of their harnesses!Bob

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