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Re: Man Overboard equipment and procedures
You conveniently skipped the question of how one will ever heave-to alone, with the main sheet 12 feet from the helm. Your experience seems to be on smaller boats. You only insist your own loaded (ie false premise) question be answered. With a lifesling, you circle the victim (or pass upwind and drift down), they attach themselves and there is no station to maintain and the victim never gets close to a spinning prop. Your question was loaded. You are, in fact, blind to the various scenarios. Then again, you've never been in the situation, as you say.
Our boat will heave to, with a reefed genoa and the main slack, but those lines are 12 feet away too. It will not heave to, with our 150 genoa wrapped around the stays. All the while one is screwing with those lines, with the helm on AP, you're sailing away from the victim. I maintain my position. Immediately turn directly into the wind. Stop the damn boat within a short distance from the victim and turn the engine on. Then determine the best course of action, which will differ based upon conditions, point of sail, number of remaining crew, etc. It will be to motor the vast majority of the time. Just like a motor boat would, just like one would if the sails were not raised.
The fact is, if you lose someone overboard in 10 foot steep seas and 35 kt winds (especially any condition that could knock one's boat down), you're not getting them back aboard alone, no matter what you do. You'll probably never even see them again. Even in a quick stop, you'll be several wave sets away. Gone.
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Last edited by Minnewaska; 03-23-2019 at 06:26 AM.