M.O.B survey when you get on.

A quick MOB check.

There are always times when we need to get going straight away without setting up MOB Man Overboard equipment but you can do a M.O.B. survey in your head as you walk around the boat.


What is it that you will make to help get the MOB out the water?  Is there a spinnaker halyard or is it the Main you'll use? Is there anything to put on the end, eg two or three safety lines, a bosuns chair.

Jimmy Green MOB Man Overboard Rescue strop. Yellow webbing with stainless steel triangles

MOB Man Overboard rescue strop. Jimmy Green rescue strop


Will it reach down over the side to the Man Overboard in the water or do you need to lengthen it somehow?  Sounds obvious, but some boats don't have a spinnaker so you'll need to use the main halyard....and it might not reach.

Halyard dangling in mid air

Halyard dangling in mid air


How will you get the MOB up and out and back on board. Where are the primary winches?  Will the rope reach them when the MOB is on the end or does so much of it need to be payed out to get the end to the MOB that there is none left to get round the winch.

Rope tight up against a clutch on a sailing yacht.

There isn't enough rope to get it around the winch.


Thinking about Man Overboard Rescues?

Maybe you've been on the RYA / ISAF coastal Safety Coarse and found the MOB recovery part interesting or perhaps you've just done your Dayskipper or Yachtmaster practicals and run through the MOB procedures.

Want to do more MOB?  If so, we have a couple of options for Man Overboard Rescue training, both of which are free.  All I ask is that I can use any photos I take on the website, social media, magazine articles etc.

Yacht clubs - I can run half day sessions on your yachts as part of your regular sailing weekends.  Why not finish a cruise on Sunday lunchtime and spend the afternoon learning 5 MOB techniques.

Own boat sessions - anything from a few hours to a full day using all the equipment on your yacht. As long as your within a few hours drive of Jct 13 on the M25 I'll come along and you can try anything you want.

If you are interested in trying any of these MOB equipment out yourself then please contact me at MOBManOverboard@gmail.com or use the contact form.  If you have time, can you add some info on if you are a Dayskipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster and if you've done the RYA Sea Survival or the RYA / ISAF Coastal Safety course.