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I'm not sailing offshore either.
When I recovered my overboard spinnaker, it was VERY choppy, and 15kts of breeze. I'm fully confident in my ability to manuver the boat in tight circles around the MOB. I'm fully confident in my ability to snag someone with my gaff. Now I want to refine my ability to actually get them back in the boat.
I'll be peforming my recovery test/drill this weekend while I'm on vacation. On my boat, I do not expect to use the boom. I'm going to attach my vang to main halyard, and then try my spinnaker halyard in a separate test. The vang will be attached to the MOB's harness or the Lifesling.
The vang tackle and halyard winch will be used to get the MOB high enough to bring them into the cockpit or on the deck.
The next test will involve using a primary winch. I have Barient 23-2's which should provide more than enough mechanical advantage for lifting even a heavy MOB. The problem I may have, is that I'll need a turning block for the halyard.
My test will assume an injured, but conscious MOB who is incapable of climbing the boarding ladder. I'll try to use my fancy new smartphone to take some video or photos.
Oh- Rik's burden of proof is somewhat demanding. I will certainly not be chucking my daughters over the side, in the Chesapeake Bay in 20kts of southerly breeze just to satisfy his curiosity. If I conduct any advanced tests in heavy weather, it will be with a very fit adult with rescue training, wearing safety gear.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168