Originally Posted by jackdale
The method I use can be done by one person. In event that there is more crew, none have to tend to sails. In the heave-to position there are no flaying sheets or flying sails, everything is sheeted in. All eyes can be on the MOB.
I sailed solo or single handed a lot during storm up to 40 knots with tack, gybe and anything in between I don't have enough confidence or risk to do a figure 8 or round-about to get the MOB. The burden of losing a crew to hard to bear.
If I were the captain and became a MOB and if my crews decide to come back for me, I would tell them to use the engine. If time permits, they can drop the main and take in the jib.
You must be a very good sailor and have the gut too.