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In my old days of teaching sailing, There is a MOB technique described in many sailing books, Where you lower the main and remove it from the mast track. You flake it over the rail with the halyard still attached and the boom centered much like this man over board device. Once you have your victim in the sail then you winch the sail back up and the victim is hauled aboard. In practice, there are two things I would like to point out.
Once you start hauling chances are the victim will roll with in the sail face down into a sail half filled with water. 2sd, They are coming in over the over the top of the life line.
Once you start hauling you are committed, haul and get the person on board. I have seen them do a 1/2 roll, I have also seen a full roll, but time is not your friend here.
Once they are over the top of the life line GENTLY lower them to the deck.
Like any other MOB recovery technique this should be practiced.
PS: you multi hulled guys are going to have to find something else!!!
Last edited by bubb2; 10-28-2008 at 09:57 AM.