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Re: Lifesling or Horseshoe for MOB
Are you sure about this? I would have to go and look for the tag on our Sling, but according to various web sites, it does meet USGC Requirements.
From the West Marine web page...
From Landfall Navigation...
Good Boat Gear . com...
I know you can't believe everything you read on the internet, but they all say USGC Approved. Like I said, I check for the tag (In the spring).
Straight from the horses (CG's) mouth during a safety training at our Club (unless the local Coasties are misinformed). Further, however, have you ever tried to throw or heave one with the flotation/recovery line attached? It doesn't work too well particularly compared with a flotation cushion, throwable/inflatable device or even horse-shoe buoy when someone goes overboard unless the yacht's stationary. Even at only 4 knots, one is 100+ feet from a MOB if it takes someone else only 15 seconds to realize what's happened and respond appropriately. Different ships, different long splices however.
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