IMHO lifting the dink, while better for sailing, is a step toward a less safe condition. My dinghy
is towed from a a short line through a rope clutch
. Open the rope clutch
and drop the dinghy as soon as someone goes OB. To keep the dink from blowing away, you also need to deploy a small sea anchor
previously connected to the drop line and stored in a small tube pointing aft. The drop line has a loop at the aft end to which the dinghy painter clips with a carabiner. The instruction to drop the dinghy, if I fall overboard
, is the first, and most often made, request I make of my wife. The dink has a short rope ladder on one side of the outboard
mounting location. The dink is a lot easier to see than a person in the water
. If the person OB gets into the dink quickly, he or she might avoid serious hypothermia. Certainly his or her prospects are better.