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There is a technique for heaving-to in MOB.
1) Heave-to as soon as MOB is noted.
2) Beam reach a little until MOB is abeam of helm
3) WITH SAILS SHEETED IN, sail downwind until MOB is off the quarter
4) Head up onto a close haul / close reach until MOB is off the quarter
5) Heave-to again, use a shroud as a guide to drift down to MOB.
Different boats respond differently; e.g., self-tacking jibs may not heave-to. Practice is the key.
One person can do this and be able to snag the MOB on the leeward side. In addition, you never lose sight of the MOB.
If you are doing a MOB from a beam reach or broad reach, sail back so you can heave-to.
One criticism is that the boat will drift into the MOB causing an injury. In my experience the water being pushed by the boat going to leeward will keep the MOB away from the hull.
Try it - you might like it.
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