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I saw a utube video recently of, apparently, a homemade, Rube Goldberg'ish self-rescue arrangement. I don't recall the details now, as my reaction was mild amusement rather than "what a great idea."
In the video, the guy jumped off the side of the moving boat, dragging a line that was secured outside the lifelines. As he swept abaft the transom, the line tripped a release on a mount holding a float board and the rescue line. The mount was aft facing and pretty high up.
When the rescue line finally went taut, the most amazing happened. While the video showed no details, one end of the doubled rescue line was apparently attached to some kind of drogue, and the other end to a wave board. The drogue dragged behind, of course, which had the effect of zipping the waveboard toward the receding sailboat at twice its speed. The neat thing was, when it caught up with the boat, the high mounting point hauled the "rider", board and all, up to the snatch block. This basically put him standing on deck just outside the lifeline.
I offer this in the spirit of the second-chance device discussion. Apologies if this already got mention in the 100 or so posts I haven't read yet.