I'd bet that Idiens has a few floating Type IV cushions that he can throw overboard as well... I know I do...
For an MOB situation, I generally have aboard the boat:
- Four Type I PFDs in safety orange I can dump overboard,
- Three Type IV cushion type PFDs—two in Red, one Yellow
- A Lifesling 2 mounted on the stern rail,
- A 75' heaving line in a throw bag,
- Three orange smoke floating canisters
and I'm in the process of making up a proper MOB pole with drogue.
I'd be interested in hearing what the styrofoam plate advocates carry on their boats...
I'd also be curious to hear how many people actually had air support for an MOB situation, versus doing the rescue using the boat.
Unfortunately, the ocean is being damaged badly because too many people think, it's only a little plastic, it'll break down soon... it won't cause much damage. That clearly isn't the case.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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