Originally Posted by Tempest245
Heaving-to doesn't really help if the victim falls overboard
while you are sailing to windward. By the time you heave-to you're upwind of the MOB
and sailing at about 1-2 knots away..on avg.
I like falling off to a broad reach immediately and then tacking back on a close reach.
Not sure I agree with a statement that says a method does not really help. I think that you need to evaluate the conditions, the boat, and the crew. Sailing to windward, it takes us a quick flick of the tiller, and we are heaved to. Almost no time at all. If I fall off to a broad reach with my boat in any sort of serious wind
, the distance I would travel away from the MOB
would be drastic. Also I could possibly reach and cross the "line of death" as we call it where I power up so much I trip a hull
and flip. Got to slow the boat down, and get the time to assess the situation, and make the right decisions on getting back to the MOB. I would call it the quick stop method for fast multihulls.
For us heaving to works, I did not specify it works for everyone, it is just our preference in most cases based on our experience and boat. I still hold the belief that any discussion of MOB occurrences should focus on avoiding MOB at all costs, and finding ways to decrease the chances of it happening.
Regardless great dialog all, except for some minor my way is the best chest pounding in this thread, which does not apply, because every situation is different and Evan asked what people do, and we are all unique.