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I'm confused about throwable life saving devices.

Does a lifesling count as the required throwable device for a boat over 40 ft? Their packaging says coast guard approved, but not exactly what it's approved for. I've been sailing for the last couple of years assuming it did, but a few things I read make me wonder...
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Seems to me the proper people to ask are:
a) The Coast Guard or
b) LifeSling.
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As long as it's a Class IV device, yeah it counts. And I don't see how LifeSling can be categorized for any other class other than IV.
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IMHO, the Lifesling is probably the best Type IV device to have aboard. However, IMHO, it should not be the ONLY Type IV device aboard. Having at least two or three of the cushions that you can throw out there is a good idea.

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Does a lifesling count as the required throwable device for a boat over 40 ft? Their packaging says coast guard approved, but not exactly what it's approved for. I've been sailing for the last couple of years assuming it did, but a few things I read make me wonder...
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As the requirement is for a type iv device, the Lifesling stamped as a type iv would meet the requirement. I never rely on a Lifesling as a thowable device, as which it serves poorly at best, and always keep a cushion type iv under hand, regardless of the letters of the regulation...the magic of the Lifesling is for recovery if needed.
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An advice for all who like me often sail alone: Who is going to throw the class IV device to you if you fall overboard?

When I am concerned about falling overboard, but not enough to have the harness on even in the cockpit, I let out a small buoy or fender in a rope after the boat. The rope is best tied on the windward side, so that if you fall overboard and grab it, the boat will steer to the windeye and stop.
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If you're not concerned enough to wear a harness and use a tether, then don't bother leaving lines over the side. If the boat is moving at more than two knots, it is very unlikely that you'll be able to hold on long enough to affect a self-recovery. IMHO, the number one rule of singlehanding is STAY ON THE BOAT.

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An advice for all who like me often sail alone: Who is going to throw the class IV device to you if you fall overboard?

When I am concerned about falling overboard, but not enough to have the harness on even in the cockpit, I let out a small buoy or fender in a rope after the boat. The rope is best tied on the windward side, so that if you fall overboard and grab it, the boat will steer to the windeye and stop.
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I let out a small buoy or fender in a rope after the boat.
With respect, that is so dangerous. Sailingdog is right, if you fall overboard you will not be able to catch the line unless you fall right on it and are aware enough to grab it. Even then, the line would have to be 30' long to do any good.

As an experiment, sail with an able crew member at 3+kts since no one falls overboard in calm weather (except me). Stream the line from the windward side and then jump off the leeward side and see if you can get to the line. A similar situation happened to me and I was lucky to grab a jib sheet on my way into the water. We were doing 3 kts and I could not drag myself on board. My wife had to luff up first.

IMO, the best thing that you can do while single handing is to purchase an auto-inflatable jacket w/harness and wear it. Store a plastic whistle and a couple of light sticks in the pouch. Maybe a PLB too. If the boat is heeling > 15 deg, clip in.

Seriously, that line will do you no good.
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