Re: Things lost in the water
The funny thing about dropping something off a sail boat is that you don't drop it into the water. You drop it onto the deck or the coachtop. When it hits, it bounces up to within about 6 inches of your outstretched fingers, and hovers there for several seconds, rotating slowly so you can get one last look at it from all angles. It then arcs gracefully over the lifelines and drops into the water.
I haven't lost that much overboard, but my informal study suggests that the six inch hovering distance described above is reduced, perhaps to as little as an inch, for items of greater value.