Welcome to MOB Man Overboard

Welcome to MOB Man Overboard

We're passionate about Man Overboard Drills, something we hope you'll never need to use for real but when you do we want you to be as well prepared as possible.  Our equipment and my time is given for free.

Imagine one of your crew falling overboard and drifting off behind the yacht as you sail away. Someone shouts "Man Overboard" and you manage to run through your Man Overboard drill perfectly, just like you've been trained.....  Throw the danbuoy. Point.  Call for help. Drop the sails. Switch the motor on. Get back with the MOB to leeward and cut the engine.

Everything runs smoothly but now you are left with a mountain to climb because you need to get the MOB back on board.  Instead of thinking "how do I get the Man Overboard back onto the yacht" it would be much better to be reaching for your MOB rescue kit and executing a well prepared rescue procedure.  This is where we can help because we can take you through different MOB Drill equipment and techniques depending on the scenario.

Getting the MOB out is a really difficult.

Yes, the water is a problem if you are in it for too long but with lifejackets and spray hoods the Man Overboard should be OK whilst you get the yacht in position.  Getting the MOB out and back on deck is really difficult.  Try it and you'll see the problem right in front of you.

  • It's high,
  • Hasn't got any hand or foot holds.
  • Is smooth and slippery
  • Curves the wrong way.

The swim platform doesn't help you either because it looks like it will slam even in the slightest of swell.  Simply tying a rope around you looks like it will work, and if the alternative is drowning then it's a pretty good option, but when the lift starts and it bites into your chest your MOB might wish you had something else to hand.

The answer is to have the right Man Overboard equipment in a easy to get to place, have a MOB procedure that works for you and your crew and to practice practice practice.

  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session helicopter strop and lifeline
  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session helicopter strop
  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session bosuns chair and loop of rope
  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session standing on rope warp
  • picture showing a yacht sailor climbing out of the water using an emergency MOB recovery ladder

 

What do we do?

We make it easy for you to practice your MOB rescue drill by providing the equipment and teach you how to use it for free as long as you are within a couple of hours drive of Jct 13 on the M25.  We have a range of equipment that a normal cruising yacht might have, and I have a dummy and drysuits of various sizes.

If you are a club I can come along one winter evening and show you the kit, or if you want to tag an hour or more onto the end of a cruising weekend then we can do that as well.

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  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session
  • Photo of group of sailors practicing throwing rescue lines
  • 2016 October skipper training days yacht sailing man overboard mob practical training session

About me.

Picture of Andy Burton from MOBManoverboard.com

I've been sailing for 15 years and have worked my way up through the RYA qualifications to become a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Ocean. Throughout the years, these courses have one things in common - they tell you how important MOB recovery is and teach you to get the yacht in the right position but don't do the most critical part, getting the person out of the water quickly and safely.  

This led me to organise a practical session on MOB recovery from the water for the Royal Berkshire Yacht Club, attended by Cowes RNLI, Hamble Independent Lifeboat and Chris Beeson from Yachting Monthly.  

The feedback was great and the rest is history.  I set up MOB Manoverboard to make it possible for anyone to practice MOB recovery safely and easily so that the first time you need it isn't the first time you try it.

Our Equipment

MOB Man Over Board Drill Equipment

 

Rescue Strops - click for more

I C Brindle Survivor Strop

KIM Helicopter Strop

Jimmy Green Oscar Rescue System

Jimmy Green Man Overboard recovery strop

4 rescue ladders:

SAFE UP ladder

FORCE 4 LADDER

KIM webbing ladder

LAZILAS  Emergency ladder

OTHER TECHNIQUES:

KIM Pickup Sail

Bosuns Chair

Coastline Man Overboard rescue trapeze

Duncan Wells lifesaver

4 THROWING LINES:

TREM Survivor Rope 30m

Plastimo Rescue Line 20m

Kim Recovery strop 30m

Kim throwing line 30m

Real and Dummy MOB's

Fibrelight Rescue dummies

Various drysuits

Survival suit

Lifejackets