MOB Kit – KIM Safety Throwing strop

KIM Safety Throwing strop with 30 metres of floating line

There are several scenarios where you will stop the boat a short distance away from the MOB:-

  • A crash stop either as the MOB goes overboard or immediately after they hit the water.
  • In rough seas where it is dangerous for the MOB casualty to be close to a moving yacht
  • Sailing shorthanded where you are the only person left on the boat and you want to maintain visual contact at all times.

What you get.

When you buy the KIM Safety Throwing Strop you are getting a KIM Throwing line with a simple rescue strop on the end.  It is compact and easy to use and you use the strop as a handle for throwing the bag underarm.

Picture of the Kim Safety Throwing Strop on a plain white background

Kim Throwing Strop

You can easily read the instructions which are printed on the front and it's easy to repack because the bag is large enough to get your hand down to the bottom.

Instructions are on the front.

The strop is padded.

Yes, the strop is padded but it's not that comfortable compared to a helicopter strop.  However, I can't throw a helicopter strop very far so it's a fair compromise and the Kim safety throwing strop is a step up from a normal throwing line.  Unfortunately, you'll find that it's not the biggest strop.  I have a 275 lifejacket and it's fiddly to get over it and then not that comfortable in the lift.   I'd use it to get the MOB close and then use a more padded strop for the lift.

The strop is attached with velcro and is attached strongly enough to survive the throw but then is relatively easy for you to get it off.

The strop is attached with Velcro to the throw bag

and will survive the throw but simply peels off the bag.

Want more practice using Kim Safety Throwing strops?

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 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.