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    Posted: 15 Sep 11 at 12:16pm
Hi all,
 
Grabbed myself a harness from ebay recently so that i can crew on a few different boats and cats.
Anyway, i'm just wondering as to the preffered/accepted wearing? - Over B.A or Under?
Also, the rubber stopper? - on or off?
 
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Over is probably better but the important thing is that everything is a tight, snug fit. I'd leave the rubber stopper on until you've got some experience.
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Very dependant on what the BA allows, however I always go under.

Tight is good - uncomfortable tight is better - you will be amazed just how much room you have when you are out on the wire and have your weight on it. 
One note of caution - It took me a while to link breathlessness with too tight (the harness was very comfortable and a perfect fit when I was out on the wire, but restricted my breathing when I was in the boat)
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Agree that over is probably best from the point of view of the harness fitting tightly.

Strongly disagree about keeping the rubber stopper - it's important to get a feel for what position/movement will cause you to unhook when you need to, and the stopper will just make this harder to do. It will also slow you down when crossing the boat and teach you bad habits which you'll then have to unlearn if/when you do remove the stopper.
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Originally posted by furtive

Agree that over is probably best from the point of view of the harness fitting tightly.

Strongly disagree about keeping the rubber stopper - it's important to get a feel for what position/movement will cause you to unhook when you need to, and the stopper will just make this harder to do. It will also slow you down when crossing the boat and teach you bad habits which you'll then have to unlearn if/when you do remove the stopper.


I agree with the rubber stopper, get rid of it, it makes it a lot of hassle when you have to 'manually' unclip. I always wear mine under my BA with a rash vest over the top of everything to prevent snags.
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+1
 
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Fact - (and for once one that has been studied at length - ask a Lean or Six Sigma Engineer) - a habit once learned will take a minimum of 35 consecutive repetitions to break and then you need to learn the correct way
 
 
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The BA will have some give in it so if the harness goes over and you tighten it up it may not be tight enough. Out on the wire the BA will squash under the weight and leave you with a horribly loose harness......The harness does have to be tight. We wear it under the BA.

+1 for above, get rid of the stopper.
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Originally posted by Contender 541

One note of caution - It took me a while to link breathlessness with too tight (the harness was very comfortable and a perfect fit when I was out on the wire, but restricted my breathing when I was in the boat)
Something I experienced too with my Gill adjustable harness. I now have a Shock Sailing nappy harness and it's pure bliss.
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I always wear harness, then BA then Rash vest over the top.  if by rubber stopper you mean one of those sh*te plastic clips to stop you unhooking, bin it and quick.  I think its best to learn to come off the hook easy and trap off the handle if needs be.  Those plastic clips just make things harder.

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Under the bouyancy; otherwise it will likely slip off your shoulders.

Get rid of the placky stopper; dangerous, nasty things

A rashy over the top is a good idea, but you will eventually hook on through the rashy, ruining it forever.
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