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Re: Man Overboard equipment and procedures
IMHO there are number of scenarios to consider:
1. Are you the Man Over Board (MOB) or the Crew Still On Board (CSOB)?
2. Are you on a fully crewed boat, a fully crewed boat that is racing, or a cruising boat that is short handed?
Personally, I like to be responsible for myself. So I almost always wear my inflatable PFD (auto inflate, has a light and whistle attached), and carry a hand held VHF with DSC and a strobe (Standard Horizon). Where I sail the water is usually warm enough so I don't have to worry about freezing to death. I figure that if I can float, be seen, and communicate, I will probably survive a MOB situation. I realize that if it's dark and rough, the conditions that a MOB is most likely to occur, it may take some time for someone to find me. I hope I am prepared for that.
As the CSOB, there are many things to worry about, including stopping the boat, lowering sail, finding the MOB, and then, the recovery. On a fully crewed boat the recovery should be a lot easier. On a short handed boat this is probably the most difficult thing to do. I have a life sling, life ring, floating cushions, etc. In my mind, I am able to stop the boat, return to the MOB, get them the life sling, and use a halyard to recover them. In a real situation I have no idea how well this would work. In calm conditions it's probably easy. In rough conditions I honestly don't know.
Some of the guys I race with don't wear PFD's. When we are racing at night I tell them that, honestly, if you go overboard, you are most likely dead.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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