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Re: Type 4 tied to stern pulpit
US Coast Guard regulations for COMMERCIAL vessels require a Type IV with a 100 foot floating line attached to the boat. No such requirement for private vessels.
Having your ONLY Type IV tied to the boat, especially a sailboat, is a really bad idea. You can't stop the
boat fast enough to avoid towing the PFD away from your PIW, or towing him/her under should they manage to catch it.
On my commercial boats, we carry 3 Type IV's, only one has a line on it. The Lifesling is great for making the recovery, and it's an approved Type IV.
If you have a tethered Type IV, throw a cushion or something else that floats, then use the tether to reel the person when you've returned to them. This should be practiced often, we do drills monthly