Has anyone actually done a MOB
Its all very nautical to "hove to" with the sails
up and the MOB
on the lee side, blah, blah, blah...
The reality in the two "real" MOBs I have done is - lookout assigned, engine
on, start the turn, drop the sails
, approach the MOB, get a line/ring in the water
, figure out how to get them on board.
Note I don't subscribe to the boat always being windward of the swimmer. If there are waves and wind
there is a concern of blowing down on the swimmer. Some boats sit nice head
, some sit nice "weathervaned" tail to wind. Some times being on the lee and hauling or letting the swimmer come to the boat is safer. All things considered, swimmer on the lee is better but dont get stuck on one idea.
If unconscious there may be a swimmer going in the water
- that's a tough call. The point being, aside from some classic theory, when it happens you adjust tthe plan and the first part of the plan is to simplify what is going on on deck
- sails dropped.
For an incapacitated sailor or one who can't get up the ladder/steps hoisting them is the only option. The best option, IMO, is the boom/mainsheet with its mechanical advantage and the ability to get the hoist point over the water. Freeing up the boom is another reason to drop sails. A sufficiently capable topping lift
for the boom is also important. Probably another reason a ridgid vang would be useful. Topping lift failure during hoist would be problematic. Or maybe as a surety switch the main halyard to the end of the boom, time permitting.
If your boom center sheets
you may consider adding a tackle attach point at the end and have the tackle stowed with the other life gear
Another huge factor is how many crew are remaining on board. With a couple or otherwise short handed dropping the sails is an absolute requirement IMO. Practicing any other method under sail is nice to pass check rides and tests but probably useful only in benign conditions.
or dropping a hanked genny and the main should take no longer than 30 seconds and can be completed as the boat goes head
to wind in the turn.
BTW - both MOBs were racing
. A bowman got tossed over on a spin set. A mastman got knocked over by the boom, after the race
(guard down), while gybing. The second one is a reminder that it ain't over till the docklines are secured...