I agree with you and the only thing I would add, is if you have the crew, is to get a spotter and his eyes on your man over board.To me it makes sense to hit the button, get the pole out and then get stopped and turned around but I am open to counter arguments.
That's the setup we have. The horseshoe buoy with a little drogue collar sits in a bracket behind the MOB pole. Pull a pin, the pole drops over board, which is attached to a line to the horseshoe buoy. The whole thing goes over in 15 seconds. Hope it never gets used. A strobe is a great idea to go along with it.I think it is important to have a drogue attached to the MOB and life ring combo since otherwise it can drift faster than a person could swim to it. I have a MOB pole, whistle, light and drogue connected by 50 feet of floating line. It is set up along the lower lifeline aft of the gate (center cockpit boat) and can be released quite quickly. Without a SSB antenna in the backstay the pole can handily mounted along the backstay. I also have a LifeSling and tackle for bringing someone back aboard.
You stop and turn around? I'd rather keep moving...To me it makes sense to hit the button, get the pole out and then get stopped and turned around but I am open to counter arguments.
Usually only the top of the pole with the flag fits folded up inside a short tube (maybe 6" long), generally fitted to a back stay higher up, and the bottom of the tube sits on a simple bracket mounted to a hand rail or cap rail. In this installation, the pole would be laying parallel with the back stay. A length of floating line is attached to both the pole and a horse shoe life ring, and the life ring is generally also mounted on a simple hanger on a hand rail. In an installation like this both the pole and the life ring would have to be thrown at the same time, or as close to the same time as possible.You stop and turn around? I'd rather keep moving...
Anyway I have seen these things on other boats but don't have one of my own. Five foot waves are not unusual in our waters and such a thing would probably help. However, despite some of the descriptions in this thread I really can't picture the deployment. It is stowed in a PVC tube you say? Is this tube attached to the pushput? Does it contain the entire pole, or just the bottom or middle? Do you have to pull the pole out of its tube or is there some clever quick-release thingy?
i2f's setup sounds smart, but it's not clear to me whether it's a two-step (throw ring, throw pole) or one-step process (throw ring, pole gets pulled out automatically).
PO did this on my boat even though it has a split backstay. He just angled the cup to match the angle of the stay; it holds up just fine. To deploy, just pull the base out of the cup, and let it drop in the wake. Never had to use it in anger, but I've tested it and it works fine.Adam, if you have a split backstay, installing the pole becomes a bit harder. But for a single backstay...you can either have the pole sitting in a "cup" (i.e. a piece of PVC pipe a foot tall) and the top end inserted in another piece of pipe with no top on it. Then all you need to do is lift the pole up out of the cup, and pull it back down (out of the top) letting it fall past the transom.
This works well, and is mandatory in some ocean races. Bit much, thoughHi,
I see a lot of boats carrying MOB markers onboard.