Originally Posted by SimonV
At 5 knots that is 8.5 Feet per second, how did you grab the line? what diameter was the line? were you stationary at the time,? did you have an inflated PFD on? I do like the idea of a trip line but it would need to be in excess of 220ft long.
Simply, I jumped (no PFD) overboard
the 26' sloop
, leaving my mate at the helm
. I swam to the center line if the boat and to the line while he maintained course. If I recall
correctly, I intercepted about 2/3 towards the end of the line. It was a hard slog back towards the boat. I pulled hand over hand and rested on my back while body surfing on the surface. I suppose the line as 3/8". I will be the first to admit that in the event of falling overboard
, if the MOB
is not prepared to swim to center line immediately, there is a good change they would miss the tow line. Those are the facts as I recall
them, and we have performed this drill at least a dozen times. I didn't bother constructing a mathematical model to validate my personal experience.