I would be inclinded to agree on the benfits of teh sling in being able to actually hoist aboard, and I have both for the boat, however I was simply amazed at the lack of joined up thinking or instruction that went into the design and selling of the horseshoe.
Now don't take me for a dummy I have about 12 yeasr experience in swift water rescue
from rivers etc so I went into the workshop and had a think about this strange sailing device and this is what I have come up with.
I took out the crap white polyprop line with the silly plastic clip from the horsehoe and replaced it with 10mm orange floating line with a 2 ton breaking strain. I fed this the whole way around the horseshoe. At one end I have left about 2 foot of line which I attached to the strobe with two figure of eight stopper knots. At the other end of the horsehoe I tied another stoper knot
to prevent strain on the line pulling the line taut around the permimiter of the buoy. After this stopper knot
runs 50ft of line to a small black drawstring bag and through the bottom of this bag will run the line to a secure point on the boat.
Depolyment will be thow the horseshoe and strobe....50 ft of line will pay out from the bag and the whole rig will be secured to the boat at a string point.
What do you think?
I will send pics soon