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Person overboard

I have been wondering... do people fall overboard much?

About the only time I hear about it is when it is a case where someone is suspected of pushing a person and claiming it an accident.

Sorry if this has a thread already. I am getting back into sailing and have this vision of watching my sailboat sail away, sans me. I will be on small lakes, so I don't have the same concerns as if I was in the middle of the Pacific, but I wouldn't want to watch my boat sail into an island or someone's vintage Chris-Craft.


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Re: Person overboard

It's very rare.. If a person is singlehanding they should be clipped in in such a way that they cannot actually go over the side. With today's autohelming possibilities if you did fall off your boat it would quite happily sail off until it hit something.

This isn't really practical with small daysailers - some can often flip in a puff and the sailor needs to be free to swim about and re-right the boat, and such a boat is not likely to continue sailing away.. it would most likely round up and go into irons before too long..

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"Person overboard'?
Sheesh. Have the PC police been hanging around here?
It's "man overboard!" Everyone knows that sound without having to think about it.
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Re: Person overboard

Never lost anyone overboard unintentionally, been on the Pacific a long time.
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Re: Person overboard

"Man overboard", as particularly men seem to be going overboard trying to p*** into the water ! Ok, there was a French female sailor who was in the news a few years ago after the same happened to her ...
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Any that I have ever heard on VHF 16 up here have all been people falling off powerboats.

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Re: Person overboard

We lost somebody seconds before starting a race last fall... I tend to tack quickly when in close quarters and assumed my crew were paying attention since we were no more than maybe 3 boatlengths from the line, then I must've mumbled "tacking" a bit low and over he went. He managed to grab the mob pole (without deploying it) and hauled himself back on before the horn, so all was well!

You sound like you may be singlehanding (or at least short-handing). If so, and you use an autopilot, then yes- wave bye-bye to the boat! There are lots of thread here discussing NOT falling off the boat- period. It's not an option.
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"Man overboard", as particularly men seem to be going overboard trying to p*** into the water ! Ok, there was a French female sailor who was in the news a few years ago after the same happened to her ...
She tried to p*** overboard?
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"Person overboard'?
Sheesh. Have the PC police been hanging around here?
It's "man overboard!" Everyone knows that sound without having to think about it.

This response makes me wonder if you are a grumpy old pers.. um never mind
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She tried to p*** overboard?
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