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Old 09-07-2012
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Re: MOB systems

We periodically hold MOB drills as part of a race during the summer. Each boat is issued a watermelon. The Race Committee radios for them to be put over the side sometime during the race, and you have to pick it up again (no harnesses or boathooks!) before completing the race. Each boat needs a setup that works for them. We've found the quickstop maneuver to work well. Even under spinnaker in 15 knots of breeze, we've been able to be back at the "victim" within 45 seconds. Our boat has running backstays with 4:1 tackle that we can then attach to a harness or line(s) tied under the MOB to get them aboard over the lee rail.
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