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07-18-2013 02:40 AM
watsongs
Re: Man over board

I've used (with a simulated 'COB') a sling by detaching the jib from the headstay, keeping the tack attached, sheeting in tight, and hitching the head to the spinnaker halyard (because of its ability to pull from the side). Toss the rest of the jib (or genoa) in the water, and have the COB swim into it, then hoist. They roll a bit, but it's against a smooth surface. We were able to guide an 'unconscious' victim into the sling with a boat hook. Not ideal for possible spinal injury, as in knocked overboard by a boom to the head, but if nothing else is possible, it beats drowning (inviting arguments, I know).

As many have said, stay on board in the first place. Remember, most bodies found floating are guys with their zippers down...
07-13-2013 12:56 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Man over board

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Originally Posted by flandria View Post
This thread has been a good discussion... so, let's now be a little lighthearted. As John Pinette might say, if you lose 50 lbs, and your wife gains 50 lbs, would that solve your problem?
Or you could just marry one of these:



Ech. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
07-13-2013 10:31 AM
flandria
Re: Man over board

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Originally Posted by Gregrosine View Post
I weigh 250 pounds. My wife is half that. If I fall overboard it will be hard for my wife to bring me aboard by herself. I am assuming she can run a line through a block (I don't know from where) and she could take some of the load on a winch.
This thread has been a good discussion... so, let's now be a little lighthearted. As John Pinette might say, if you lose 50 lbs, and your wife gains 50 lbs, would that solve your problem?
05-14-2013 07:48 PM
CaptainForce
Re: Man over board

I have had only one event and that was to circle back with the life sling extended on a long line to pick up my 16 year old son who was concious, alert, and strong. After taking the line and waiting for the sling to arrive at his position, he was able to place the sling under his arms while we headed up into irons. I was prepared to raise him with the mizzen halyard, but he was able to grab the rail and hoist himself on board before I could rig the halyard to lift him. Adrenaline seems to be a factor for a young man's ability or maybe for all of us to a point. I still hope that my plans would have been suitable for my own retrieval or others that might be impaired by injury or age. There's no elimination of risk, but, I agree, - stay on the boat! I would add another point for the helmsman at the moment that one of the crew is seen going overboard. The best response in a hard turn of the wheel to the side of the fall. It's far better to turn initially so that the stern is moved away from the person at risk. Turn to the falling crew member and save him from the rudder and prop.
05-14-2013 05:01 PM
MarkSF
Re: Man over board

I have a Lifesling but also a dedicated vang assembly, from Garhauer (only cost about $100). It's in a box, labelled "man overboard tackle", with the rest of the emergency equipment. You attach it to the boom or to a halyard, run the sheet to a winch, bob's your uncle.

Yes I have the Mustang jackets with D rings too.
05-14-2013 05:00 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Man over board

Just a note. If the victim isn't wear leg/crotch straps, trying to hoist them by the D ring on a PDF is potentially futile, unless they can assist and hold on.
05-14-2013 04:48 PM
Capt Len
Re: Man over board

I have a locker full of Mustang self inflating jackets with D rings for hook up to life line. halyard or helicopter retrieval .Never used one for the purpose intended but wear one all the time and very comfortable.
05-14-2013 04:10 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Man over board

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
I'm a fan of the Spinlock deckvest, which has a integrated tether harness, leg straps, spray hood, whistle, strobe, maybe more I'm not thinking of....

The more important issue is what is comfortable enough to the individual that they will actually wear it.
If it doesn't also serve up a nice martini while I'm waiting for my crew to pick me up, I ain't wearin' it.
05-14-2013 04:09 PM
Minnesail
Re: Man over board

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
The more important issue is what is comfortable enough to the individual that they will actually wear it.
Exactly! The Spinlock looks really nice. I just got a Mustang MD3184. I think auto-inflatables are the way to go, otherwise you just won't wear it.
05-14-2013 03:54 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Man over board

I'm a fan of the Spinlock deckvest, which has a integrated tether harness, leg straps, spray hood, whistle, strobe, maybe more I'm not thinking of. If you got a halyard on the harness loop, im sure you could hoist someone out of the water. Getting it on is another trick, if the victim is unresponsive. They never got their USCG cert in the US, but are common in Europe (where rules are often more stringent). No self inflating PDF legally counts as available device unless worn.

The more important issue is what is comfortable enough to the individual that they will actually wear it.
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