Originally Posted by smackdaddy
I actually prefer the "quick stop/heave-to" method of MOB. We've practiced it several times - and if you're quick enough, you can heave-to within 5'-20' of the MOB, then drift right back down to them. It's much, much faster and easier than the old "figure 8".
Great! However, he would need to know how to Heave To. He doesn't, and for some reason, can't seem to grasp it. (may have something to do with a Bong!). IMO, mastering MOB techniques in all conditions provides awareness of boat performance and speed control that may be lacking in his execution of Heaving To. In any case, it certainly doesn't hurt to have the skills!