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Old 24-10-2012, 02:46   #61
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

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Old 24-10-2012, 05:12   #62
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

Think Natalie Wood, if you are old enough.

Eons ago I was in USCG, aviation. We would get occasional man overboard flights. Had one off East coast, guy fell off during watch a few hours earlier. Our plane actually found him. We were shocked, had not occurred before.
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imho, all the great discusions are not so much about the frequency as it is the preparedness and prevention. It's a sailors nightmare and anything you do to prevent yourself from being a statistic is worth implimenting. Dark night, big seas, moving at 6++ kts does not make your chances good. Especially if the boat hasn't discussed or practiced a MOB. Shiver~

And ... if it happens to you, it's 100% for you. Doesn't matter what the statistics for the rest of the boats are.
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

It would be interesting to know the statistics of how many men have fallen overboard from small boats or even marina docks with their fly still open?
That is the closest I have ever come
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

The urban myth says 80% I don't think that's true
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

I went overboard once and it was on a power boat. Was on the bow of our pontoon boat setting the anchor and asked my wife to "give it a little reverse." Well she slammed it full throttle and off the bow I went. Usually no big deal, but this was early March so the water was cold. I came up and laughed and asked her to get the towels out.

BTW - I was not reflected in the coast guard numbers.
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

I don't believe the discussions on the importance of staying aboard are driven by the number of folks who DO fall over board, rather the consequences of doing so...
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

mob setups are great for solo sailing.
do these stats quoted and printed have anything to say about falling between your boat and your dinghy when slobbering flambungendly drunk???
there have been more drunks as floaters in sd bay than there have been reported mob in sd bay of recent time.(give it 3 yrs)
and there are the drunks who fall overboard while sailing with newbies untrained in the fine art of catching the boat's owner...

so. how does one effectively save ones self in a mob situation when sailing solo.
figure this out nd mebbe we can cure SOME OF the problems.

we can talk a lot--but do these problems ever cure??? is the safety factor going to change?
will folks stop drinking and boating??
will folks stop drinking before they fall overboard??
will we find fewer souls afloat under their dinghies in the morning after a party??
do ALL these folks actually cruise or race??--NO.
will all the solo sailors keep their tethers on to pee over the rail??
will all solo sailors keep their mob equipment working so it can be used by the next person to discover the floating boat ??
what do you folks recommend for solo sailors to retrieve themselves when their tether is waay too long and drowning happens before the overboard sailor can even think of using his knife to cut the tether he cannot reach in his overboard situation??
and the overloaded small boats on holidays......

i know what i would do--what would YOU do???
the consequences of falling overboard at sea are death. simple.
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the consequences of falling overboard at sea are death. simple.
Yep. That's why the statistics don't even begin to tell the whole story. Doesn't matter if it only happens to 0.0001% of all sailors. If you fall overboard during an ocean passage, and no one actually sees you go into the water, the odds of you surviving are probably a lot lower than that.

That makes it worth it to think about it, to prepare for it, and to take precautions against it.
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

use the tether you made to be just the correct length and is situated centerline in your boat so you are not dragged to death unconscious or otherwise...personally i would pray for unconscious--would be a major bitch to try to fight against the forces of boat and seas to try to save self..shorter tethers are the way to go for solo and short handed sailing--stay on boat--that way you dont have to try to do something not possible. none of us is strong enough to successfully wrestle solo against those forces. ....
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Re: How many people actually fall overboard each year?

When my non -sailing friends inquire :"what do you do if you fall overboard?"

I tell em :" It's the same as mountian climbing;you do not fall off the mountian."
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When my non -sailing friends inquire :"what do you do if you fall overboard?"

I tell em :" It's the same as mountian climbing;you do not fall off the mountian."

much too true.
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When my non -sailing friends inquire :"what do you do if you fall overboard?"

I tell em :" It's the same as mountian climbing;you do not fall off the mountian."
I like that analogy (for non boaty people likely easier to understand).
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Don't allow yourself to be strained thru the lifelines and dragged on the side of the boat.
Short tethers-Centerline rigged jack lines! When I solo, I have two short tethers. Since I run ceterline I have to clip in and out at various points. Don't want to be exposed even for a second in rough conditions.

Two words: PEGGY SLATER!!! Anyone remember Peggy?
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