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MOBs and Cardinals questions
As an Englishman exploring US East Coast waters I am amazed that American boats do not carry what I call a danbuoy and you call a MOB pole. The first problem in a MOB situation is to keep the victim in sight. Deploying a pole takes seconds and gives a good indication of the whereabouts of the unfortunate. The automatic, inflatable ones complete with light and drogue take little room and are visible for some distance even in a big sea. It also gives reassurance to the person in the water that you know where he is. So why don't you have them ? - I can't even buy a decent one. They are mandatory in the UK for any sailing boat used for hire and reward and nearly everyone has one anyway.
Also wondering why, although IALA B includes them, there are no cardinal buoys in the US - the most easily interpreted form of marking shoals, rocks etc. Simple - South Cardinal:safe water to the south, East cardinal:safe water to the east etc.