Join Date: Feb 2010
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Not intending to preach to the choir. Just to clarify the Lifesling, it is really intended to recover someone from the water after you go back for them. It remains attached to the boat. If someone falls off while you are moving, it is unlikely they will be able to hold on, even if you get it to them before the line stops.
To really get a sense of a MOB, everyone should try a recovery of a lifejacket, which is about all you might see of a victim anyway. Even just the smallest 1 or 2 foot seas and you will lose track of it in seconds if you don't watch it continuously. That is why whomever sees the victim go in the water, should throw, announce and keeping pointing. Someone else has to get the boat back to them. If you're worried about trying this because you may lose a life jacket, stop and think about that for a second.
We bought a man overboard module (MOM) just this year, particularly since offshore waves could make it impossible to follow the victim, even if you tried. We also often sail with just two of us, so you would have to take your eye off to stop the boat. The MOM sits on the pushpit in a box with a grenade like pin on top. Just pull the pin and an automatically inflatable horsecollar, 6 foot pole and sea anchor drop out of the bottom. Hope to never need it.
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