Originally Posted by maytrix
So how many times have you done it?
On my 12.5 Expedition....maybe 50?
On my real boat? Not yet.
But that isn't the point. The point of the OP was to see if there are solutions and idea's about getting back to the boat if you fall off.
I trail a 40 foot line off the small Expedition and have used it quite a bit. I thrash that boat. I fall out of it, flip it, pitch
pole it and have wrecked every which way possible in up to 40 knots of wind
. It works on that boat.
Now, my 26 ton S/V isn't going to notice my weight trailing on a line 100 feet behind it at 6 knots. But I am pretty confident that I can get to the line and use it to hand over hand to the boat where my pushpit really comes in handy as its very easy to climb it (lower chain stays are just above the waterline).
After seeing the idea ITT, now I have a line and a cam cleat set up ready to mount in my cockpit
. If pulled, it locks the tiller hard starboard using the cam cleat so if nothing else, the boat is going in circles.
If I get tossed off the boat, I have a shot.
Now, if I listened to others ITT, all is lost
, give up, you are dead...
There is always a way, always.
I had thought about trying it out on my big boat and maybe I will and then I will share what I learned. If I didn't think it was possible, I would find another way to do it. Be it Garmin's approach or another way to get the boat to round up after MOB'ing.