I am not blind.
I am begging anyone to provide the answer.
Enough with the name calling, mud slinging, irrelevant links, and disrespectful banter.
How do you hold the boat on station in heavy weather conditions during MOB recovery with nobody at the helm?
I don't really understand the obsession with "holding station", not that heaving to WILL hold station, you are still drifting!
In my mind, the most important thing is to be maneuverable enough to get a line to the victim. Once the victim is attached to the boat, who cares if you are drifting, since the boat and victim are drifting together! At that point 100% of your effort can be focused on getting the mob out of the water. If you are fortunate, it is a simple matter of getting them to the boarding ladder. If the victim is hypothermic and unable to climb out on their own, things get more difficult, and that's where lifting systems come into play.
This obsession with heaving-to has me baffled. As a coastal sailor I have NEVER had occasion to do such a thing in the 30+ years I have sailing. Yes I understand the concept, but I have always viewed it as a survival technique you would use if you were caught out in a storm in the open ocean, and you just need to ride it out. That's not an option when you are near land or reefs.
I cant think of any other use for heaving-to in my world.
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