The TREM Security Throwing 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 TREM Security Rope is designed to help bring make contact with the MOB and bring them alongside
What you get.
When you unpack the TREM Security Rope you see a bright orange bag containing 30m 6mm Polyethylene floating line with a black strop on the end. It is weighted to help you with the throw and because the bag is lined with closed cell foam it will float.
The throwing and re-packing instructions permanently printed on the TREM bag.
The instructions are on the outside of the bag.
How to use.
You reach inside and grab the black loop and then use your strongest throwing arm to hold the top of the bag. It is recommended that you throw it underarm but I find it catches on the guard rails when throwing from a yacht so for me the best is an overarm lob.
Your MOB can slip their hand through the white loop and pull the woggle tight so that as you drag them in they don't have to do anything. They may not have a lot of grip left, so this makes it easy.
A velcro tab at the top of the TREM bag helps you keep the rope safely in the bag whilst it is stowed away. The instructions are on the outside of the bag.
You can recoil the rescue line and put it back into the bag and reused again. It's simple to repack and there is plenty of space inside the TREM bag. The instructions ask you to do it differently to the way it is supplied though, taking more time to coil it into the bag in layers versus coiling it all up and putting it in.
What is it like to throw.
It is really easy to use. The first throw was done with it straight out of the packaging. It went well and nearly all of the line came out. The second throw was done after it was pulled back in, with two coils of rope and the bag filled with water. This made it go further and I could really feel the difference.
Want more practice using TREM 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.