Got to thinking about this last night and came to the same conclusion as PDQ. As he said, tying everything together and to the boat is not a good idea. Not only does it require unlikely supersonic reaction times from both the crew and the MOB, but if the MOB pole is tied to the boat, what happens when it gets to the end of its tether? It starts to drag along behind the boat. It is therefore no longer marking where the MOB is likely to be. It is marking someplace that the boat was a little while ago. This is not going to help locate the MOB so you can use the Lifesling.