My sailing these days consists mainly of taking people out on a day sail for fun. This lasts about 8 hours and the participants are as random as you can imagine. Single
people, couples, families, mothers with babies, children
with grandparents ...
As a rule
they are absolute beginners.
While I make sure that they learn about the wind
and the sails
and they all have a go steering
the ship and trimming sails there just isn't any time when a MOB
exercise would be meaningful. At the start of the day they typically cannot tell the one end of the boat from the other and by the time they have accumulated enough know-how it is time to head
So the law is : "Do not fall in the sea
" and some times I have to say: "No
you cannot dive off the pointy end
and come up the backside while we are sailing".
So I did not vote for this poll
because the honest answer would be "Never" but the correct answer is "at least twice a week" which is how often hats etc. come off and are retrieved with a MOB drill, or other floating objects are recovered.
Hats and other small objects are retrieved with a small fishing
net at the end of a long wooden pole which I keep for this purpose.
For other objects the boat hook is prefered.
I would have voted if there was an option to vote for "As often as needed"
but I realise that such a response would not be appropriate for scheduled
Back to the issue of recovering an Oscar I am glad to say I never yet had to do this but if I did I would probably use a variation of my method for larger objects such as a sea turtle last year, a wind
surf board some years ago, etc. etc...
What I do is to get two crew members to lower a line each which they have to loop round each end of the object and then hoist up in unison. Sounds easy but in practice it is very difficult to get two brains to tune in to one another. The tendency is for the one to lift
faster than the other.
If I had a real Oscar I would probably fix two loops to each end (under the knees and under the chest) and then bring these to the bottom block of my mainsheet which is fitted with a suitable (quick release) shackle for this purpose.
Having exhausted the main sheet I would then use the topping lift.
I have lifted my motor out of the boat in this way and therefore I'm fairly confident I could manage a person. It would be painful but slightly better than drowning.
Now I know I said I never had to recover a real Oscar but the whole truth is that once I had a half-Oscar situation. What happened is that a slight tallish young lady was standing by the pulpit and she was pushed over by the genoa
filling. The result was that she overbalanced and did a sort of backward somersault over the side which left her hanging with her hands, while the rest of her was suspended over the water. She only wet her feet.
Fortunately a couple of men
had an eye on her - she was pretty - and they instantly sprung to help her climb back in to the boat. Wouldn't you do the same?