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Re: MOB Recovery in gale conditions
Originally Posted by rockDAWG
Hmmm..... This may not be what I will do, but let talk openly.
1. Let's assume others on the boat will take care of throwing whatever over the boat and with multiple spotters
2. I would heave to, start the engine
3. Release all sheets
4. Head the victim via engine power
5 tighten up the sheets if it helps
6. brief others the plan to pick up the MOB
I prefer the quick stop method, with heaving to at then end of the manuever. Problems happen if you don't do it quickly enough, though - you'll drift away from the victim pretty fast. Am fearful of running the engine with someone in the water, espcially in a blow with the sails up. Could chop up the victim by mistake. Think I would furl the sails before trying to motor to the MOB, if I decided to engage the engine.
Bottom line is MOB recovery in a gale is a daunting prospect.
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