- Feb 11, 2017
I have sailed a LOT of boats with exposed line runs on cabin tops. This has been the norm for a long time and I have never had a problem with them being a tripping hazard. There are so many things on sailboat decks, ventilators, jib sheets, hand rails, hatches, cleats ... you just get used to working around stuff. I've always thought the line covers could be useful in some areas but on a cabin top it is really more for aesthetics than function. This is just one example, a First 40 I have sailedI think there should be something covering the halyard runs because since they are running along the deck they pose a trip hazard. Pretty important for safety underway. This is the simplest solution but doesn't resolve the other issues, the biggy being a truly functional dodger.