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Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results
For all but small boats, a riding sail (see snap below) can also make for an effective means of recovering a MOB (or COB for the PC). Two corners are connected tightly between two points on the toe-rail or stanchion bases and the third to a halyard or boom lift and draped in the water. The MOB/COB is pulled/positioned across the head of the sail between the halyard/lift and the hull and a strain taken on the line. The MOB/COB is cradled in the sail as he/she is lifted to the level of the rail and can be rolled aboard from there. BTDT.
An example of a "Riding Sail" in service:
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."