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"Since the early 80s we have been using the hard plastic rings. I would not want to get hit on the head with one" There's an alternative to that now. You can buy a rescue line in a throwable bag. You hold one end of the line, and throw the bag itself--which is a soft bag containing the rest of the line, and a (soft) weight. The line is a type chosen to easily stow & pay out, and they come in 50' and 75' lengths typically sold under some name like "Throw bag".
The ratty yellow polypro line on a horseshoe is really only good for retrieving the horseshoe if you've drifted too far from the MOB. I don't worry about it fouling because I'm always armed, I can cut it easily. But floating line or not floating, it is VERY important in your MOB plans to remember that no one ever starts the engine until after all lines have been recovered and confirmed as INBOARD so they can't foul the prop. A formal "lines check" needs to have a formal place in your plan, i.e. after your quick drop or turn or whatever you will be doing, and before your recovery.
And personally...if I'm in the water, I'd rather the engine was simply NOT USED. A prop is a meatgrinder, plain and simple. I'd rather wait.