Tossing the life ring in at cruise
speed, and getting the boat back to it efficiently to pick it up to simulate a Man Overboard
(MOB) recovery is something that every boat operator should practice.
In a first try, the natural tendency is to turn the boat too soon at cruise
speed and pass the position of the MOB
in the opposite direction before the vessel can be turned toward it. The tendency is to circle the MOB
point and lose time to recovery.
The opposite error is to pull the throttles back too soon, and maneuver back to the MOB point at idle speed. While this will get there more accurately, it will take much longer than the optimum.
With some practice the optimum for cruising power boats will be found to run past the MOB location at cruise speed to a distance of about twice the turning radius, then hard right or left rudder
to line up with the MOB point, and then to set idle power to approach.
A little practice will get the boat to a recovery position in the minimum possible time at a safe approach speed. If the skipper
attempts it for the first time in a real MOB situation it will take much longer than necessary to get to the victim.