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Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results
PDQ, thanks for the link to your write-up.
If a person just tripped and fell off they could use the swim ladder to get back up, so I'm mostly trying to figure out how I'd get an injured or weakened COB back on board.
The next thing I'm going to try is the boom vang. It's 4-to-1 so a 180 lb person is still going to need 45 lbs of pull, but that should be doable. I don't have a topping lift, so I'm thinking I'll run the main halyard around the boom where the vang attaches, then swing the boom out over the side and hoist away.
My vang is about three feet from the mast, which means it's about a foot in from the edge of the boat so it wouldn't be lifting the person straight out, it would kind of be dragging them over the edge.
I've thought about using the main sheet from the end of the boom, but I'm not sure my rig is made to hold that much weight that far out, and with only 550 lbs of keel I'm not sure I want 180 lbs hanging on a 10' lever.
I should probably pick up a Lifesling.
I'm chartering a 39' Beneteau in Septemeber, I'll try the elevator method on that and see if it works better. I'm thinking it might work better with the larger, flatter hull.
on a starboard tack