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There 's certainly some work that needs doing on yachtsmen 's safety harnesses.
[li]I use a belt, rather than a harness. This is more comfortable (only one buckle), and the tether attachment point can be moved around to be behind me when I have work to do. The mid-chest attachment point of a harness is inconvenient when winding a winch, for example. But a belt must be used with a short tether, such that it 's impossible to fall overside, or fall far. You wouldn 't want to be towed through the water.[/li]
[li]Have a look at industrial full-body harnesses. These generally have the tether attached between the shoulder blades - much better for working, for being suspended from after a fall, and for being towed through the water at speed[/li]
I use my belt when I have to reach high to work, when I need both hands for the job, when I recognise that I 'm not working safely, when the boat 's motion is jerky. Not always at night, it 's not the dark that makes the difference so much as the sea state. Better to assume that if you fall overside unattached, you become invisible to remaining crew very quickly unless the sea is calm, and might as well consider yourself as good as dead.