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As I mentioned in another thread, I've been watching the "Annapolis Book of Seamanship" DVD series and I just finished watching the demonstration of the Lifesling.
How many of you have actually deployed and used it? I was AMAZED at how "complicated" it was and how long it took to get the dude out of the water.
In the video, it was a crew of 2. One goes over, the remaining crew tosses in the Lifesling - then starts to work...
2. Sails back to the MOB and circles to let him grab the LS.
3. Once the MOB is in the LS, the crew drops the main and releases the halyard shackle from the main (actually unscrews the pin)
4. The crew then rigs a fairly complicated looking block system to the rail (couldn't quite get all the detail on the first viewing).
5. The crew then somehow feeds the LS line into this system and then uses the halyard to SLOWLY haul the dude out.
The thing I liked about the video was that they seemed careful to show the actual time required for the process instead of editing through it to make it seem fast. But I was amazed at the complexity and length of time it all took. It was FAR faster dropping the MOB a swim ladder (they also showed this technique)
I learned 3 things:
-I need to practice actual MOB far more than I have.
-If the MOB was unconscious when they went over in the filmed scenario, he was dead anyway because he didn't appear to be wearing a pfd and couldn't have gotten to the LS without another crew member going after him.
-If the water was cold it would have been a lost cause. And if the MOB was unconscious, it would have been 2 lives lost if another crew member had gone in and spent the time in the water required by 2 rescues with the LS.
Can you just attached the halyard directly to the LS collar and hoist them out? Why the need for the additional block system?
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Last edited by smackdaddy; 01-14-2010 at 12:11 PM.