MOB Gear Deployment
I must admit that among all the things people do on their boats that don’t make sense my one really big pet peeve is Man Over Board Gear set ups. People spend hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars to have the latest and greatest MOB gear. They then install it in such a way it cannot be deployed in time to do any Man Overboard an good what so ever!
As the photo shows this boats MOB gear is taped in place. It cannot in anyway shape or form be deployed anywhere near the critical seconds after someone goes over the side. This photo is not an isolated incident. I see MOB gear installed where someone must
walk or crawl over to it, and physically lift it up and throw it overboard. I see the strap on the MOB life rings wrapped around their brackets so that they must be unsnapped to be deployed. Pulls lashed in place with their flag on top jammed into a holder that won’t let the flag go. Not Good!
Think of it this way, when you are traveling at 6 knots you are covering 200 yards in 1 minute, 100 yards in 30 seconds, 50 yards in 15 seconds. MOB gear deployed 50 yards away, that’s 150’, from the MOB will do them no good what so ever. It will be in a different part of the wave train, they may never even see it. Being light it will drift faster than the MOB will.
For MOB gear to be effective it must be deployed within seconds of a person going overboard. It should take no more than someone pulling a lanyard and releasing the MOB pole, life ring and strobe light into the water. If someone must leave the cockpit, go to the aft deck and unlash the gear or even pull a lanyard you have likely already sailed to far away for the gear to do any good, the gear must be instantly releasable from the watch standers station in the cockpit.
Install your MOB gear for rapid deployment or spend your money on high quality gear for every crew member to wear that will keep them attached to the boat.