Originally Posted by Boracay
So does anyone have any good ideas on what to do about a lifebuoy? Has anyone ever used one in anger? Or should I forget about one and concentrate on lifejackets and harnesses?
There is a throwable inflatable
that I like a lot - sort of like an inflatable PFD
that has its own UV stabilised orange case. You grab it, you throw it, it inflates and stays put as the covers serve as a sea-anchor.
I think the best policy is to concentrate on NOT going overboard
- harness, leash, etc..
Next, I would seriously consider one of the newer AIS
SART personal beacons - as long as the MOB
is in VHF
sight you will know exactly where they are and how to get there.
Last, I would look for something as the device described above. There is also a bigger device - where the MOB can climb in and get some sort of realistic support while being well lit and marked by an inflatable arch.
1. Do NOT go overboard
2. Do NOT lose contact with the MOB,
3. Throw markers and support overboard.
Sure thing - HAVE something onboard to haul the MOB up onboard - and mock/try it out in iffy conditions at least once.
Also, exercise the MOB situation - it will help you build a routine and you will be aware of your own and your boatīs limitations in a MOB case.