I have been reading the MOB
threads and I have read the SF MOB
trial accounts several times. I have a catamaran
which is about 20 feet wide and the transoms are relatively low to the water
with steps. I will mainly be sailing in the central Philippines
during the day and typically within sight of land - but still further than one is likely to want to swim. It seems to me that crew recovery should be somewhat easier than is described by the offshore monohull
guys. I am thinking that it might be useful to trail a short bridle
with a loop or a 'rope ladder / cargo net' thing from both the bow and stern between the hulls in the water
for the crew to grab onto. I would expect the technique would be to drop the sails
back to the crew, then position the boat so that the engine
can be shut down and the boat will drift over the crew in the water giving them two chanches to grab either the front or stern line, with a person standing by on one or both transoms to assist. If I am the one in the water, this is the best I can hope for as no other crew members are likely to be able to sail well.
Because of the heat in the troics, and the stability of the catamaran
, I expect that PFDs will likely only be worn (eventually) during bad weather
. I am going to try and insist that all crew wear a small 'fanny' pack which contains some basic survival gear
, including an inflatable
floatation item (likely a surface marker buoy used by divers), a large orange or yellow trash bag, plastic whistle, DVD
signal mirror, and a waterproof light among other items.
Is this at least plausible? What do other catamaran sailors do in warm coastal waters?