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Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

What is the proper way to secure a horseshoe buoy in its cradle? Do you just leave it loose? Seems like it would blow away. Do you clip it to the cage? Seems like that would prevent you from throwing it quickly.

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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

I leave it in the cradle but don't strap it in. In case I'm the one who goes overboard, I don't want some knucklehead panicking because they can't get it out of the cradle.
I've never lost one.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

First of all, replace it with a ring. Horseshoe buoys aren't even legal flotation devices in Canada. Rings throw better, work better and in my experience stay good looking a lot longer.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

We've lost a horseshoe buoy on a windy day--and found it, more than an hour later, by returning a little "downcurrent" along our GPS track and keeping a sharp eye out.

I now secure it loosely with a small velcro cable tie around the pushpit so it's tight enough to stay on the boat but not so tight that it can't be yanked off the bracket should we ever need it.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

I agree with JonB. I switched to a ring years ago. That's my "immediate deployment" device, followed by a lifesling.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

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and in my experience stay good looking a lot longer.
After our first buoy disintegrated in the sun, my wife got smart: we simply leave it down below when not sailing or singlehanding. Betcha it's gonna last a LOT longer.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

A big velcro strap wrapped once around the buoy and whatever it is hanging from. Or, since we had bungee but no spare velcro at hand, a loop of bungee cord with a toggle on it. Loop the bungee all the way around and over the toggle.

Either one can be released pretty quickly, and the bungee is easier to slash if you've got a knife handy.

If you're out in really nasty weather you may want to add one or two more ties lower down, since a buoy that has washed away is totally worthless. But I'd leave that as part of the heavy weather prep--not everyday.
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy



Its been hanging without issue and attached to a good size heaving line in the bag so you throw it and retrieve if needed

It takes a few seconds to keep it below
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

Tether it to your MOB pole. When you release the pole it should take the buoy with it. Although they're pricey, around here the MOM-8 appears to be replacing the horseshoe/pole combo. Switlik - MOM 8-A - Sailing Man Overboard Safety
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Re: Proper Way to Secure Horseshoe Buoy

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Tether it to your MOB pole. When you release the pole it should take the buoy with it. Although they're pricey, around here the MOM-8 appears to be replacing the horseshoe/pole combo. Switlik - MOM 8-A - Sailing Man Overboard Safety
That's what we went to. Not only much easier to deploy, but the inflatable pole is the only likely way to find whomever went overboard. Particularly for us, as we often double. If one of us is in the drink, the other will have to take their eye off them to get the boat turned around.

Just bought it a couple of years ago and I think its due this year for recertification. I wonder what that is going to cost. Suspect its a doozy.

We run the clip strap for the horseshoe under the pushpit rail and back, so it can't blow away. Would not be a great idea, if not for the MOM.
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