Plastimo Rescue 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.
The Plastimo Rescue Line is designed to help bring make contact with the MOB and bring them alongside
It's easy to use. It is a weighted throwing bag containing 20m of buoyant floating yellow rope. There is a loop to go around one of your hands and another loop that the MOB casualty can slip over their hand as you pull them in. The Yellow bag and the yellow line are really visible in the water making it easy for the Man Overboard to see it and grab it.
Whats it like to use?
It's really easy to use. Simply put the black loop around your hand and then undo the yellow vecro tab before lobbing it underarm. If you miss with your first throw, gather up the line into loops and then fill it with water. Unfortunately the hole in the bottom of the bag lets the water drain out, but other than making your boots a bit wetter it doesn't matter because there is plenty of water in the bag. I found that as the line is deployed it remains slightly coiled and sits on the surface of the water better. This made it easier to see than if the line was all straight. The only downside I can see to the Plastimo Rescue line is repacking after use because the bag is too narrow and it's difficult to get your arm inside to coil the rope.
Want more practice using Plastimo throwing lines?
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.