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    Posted: 08 Aug 08 at 8:53am
Its sort of a beginner's question: is it ok using a windsurfing harness on the trapeze? (Laser II).    Seems to work ok, but we are very new to trapezing.
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I had a crew who used to swear by it....but i suppose it's a comfort thing.  To begin with it's fine but I have a hunch as you trapeze for longer you will start to wish you had a bit more support.

But in answer to your question there's nothing too bad about it whilst you get the hang of things.

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In the long run, your back will hate you

 

Windsurfer Trapeze Harnesses are for 'Vertical' Trapezing

Sailing Trapeze Harnesses are for 'Horizontal' Trapezing

 

Its all a matter of support

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And the hook points upwards on a windsurf trapeze harness, which could have hilarious consequences for the rescue boat's point of view.

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Not if you take the bar off and turn it through 180 degrees and reattach it!
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... or put a sailing spreader bar on it.

I guess it depends on what kind of wind-surf harness you have.  A sit harness might work OK until you need to get really flat to the water, but a waist or chest harness maybe not.  There's a fashion for more upright trapezing (especially on boats with wide racks) but it doesn't work on 5o5's etc (or even on an MPS if you're light ... watch Kit Stenhouse, she can really flat wire)!

Turning it around ... could I put a windwurfer spreader bar on my dinghy harness and save the cost of a windsurfing harness?

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Probabaly, but then you'd have something a bit bulky, with too many straps for what you need.

I think on some twin wire boats helms often wear windsurf "sit" harnesses, as they really don't flatwire much/ever, and the reduced bulk/straps is a good thing for them. But any less support is just going to make it difficult and damage you. There's a reason why they're such different designs.
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Thanks for the replies. 

  As far as I know, hooks all point down on windsurfing harnesses

   We use both waist and seat harnesses, as as yet no back problems.   But our trapezing is measured in seconds rather than minutes.

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"As far as I know, hooks all point down on windsurfing harnesses". 

Oh yes.. of course they do. 

But the hooks are a fat triangle to stop wear on your harness lines, yes?  whereas the dinghy hook is designed to go in a relatively narrow metal loop and I wonder if a windsurfing hook would fit the hole in the loop properly.

Anyway, my trapezing on sunday (F5 in a Javelin) was measured in hours.  And was I glad of those shoulder straps!

Often start out with the shoulder straps loose .. as it makes walking possible.  But am usually cinching them tight by half way up the first beat.

Please try it and let us know..  and if I get a chance to go windsurfing anywhen soon I'll do likewise.

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