first thing to do is mark the area on plotter if possible and tossing over a few red and yellow floaty cushions, the MOB pole with ring, then drop sails and fire up engine, depending on wave size a figure 8 might be harder then you think (risking boat and remaining crew) trying to keep your eyes on COB is already uber hard on a semi nice day, but full blown storm, limited viz and its gonna take every once of composure to get turned and close to COB. the life sling does offer an advantage that once close enough a disconnect from main sheeting and COB can be hoisted up using boom as fulcrum point. Im 210 lbs dry my wife is 100 lbs wet so no way in hell is she gonna get me out. I jump in and have the wife practice picking me up on calm days and 1-3 foot chop (lake Ontario) with a nice breeze, she gets pissed everytime i do it but this summer past she actually got to me and didnt run me over. Man over board is the scarriest training a couple can do.