|The first week of July was perfect weather and I guess with the 4th near everyone was out enjoying the water from Gas Works Park, Lake Union or all along the shores. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Works_Park|
|The former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US.|
|There were so many different ideas on how to enjoy the Lake the Admiral enjoyed capturing as many of the vessels as possible.|
|This is a piece of Dock with a outboard attached and a couple of couches built on top|
|These two were rafted up slowly motoring|
|And dragging their friends behind|
|Lots of Kayaks and Paddle boards|
|I saw this one at the Seattle Baot show the 12th Man Pontoon boat|
|Amazing how close the Kenmore Air Seaplanes land.|
|A fewInstructors and other staff werre doing some live MOB (man over board) drills so The Admiral volunteered me to participate|
|A Blue Teal Duck and Duckling|
So I was very interested in this live demonstration even after equipping our own vessel with all the tools for man overboard events, I know it can be a real challenge to get a person aboard in Ocean environments where there can be considerable waves and add to that a situation where the person is unable to help themselves get back aboard due to hypothermia or a knock on the head or whatever.
We tried both situations where the MOB could help and the event where we had to get them back on board where they did not help. For the first situation we used a stern line and made a sling tied off at the midships cleat so they could put their foot on the sling and by grabbing the rail with their hands and standing in the sling it got them up to the cockpit and we just guided them over till they were safely on board.
For the situation where they did not help and were just dead weight, we lifted them as high as we could and got there upper body out of the water. using the sling under their arms and cleated to hold them up, we then reached down and pulled one leg up at a time till we could roll the victim over the rail and into the cockpit. This was not easy and it is one of those things where I could have easily strained my own lower back as you are in a awkward position leaning over the side of a boat lifting. So I was very careful to avoid that especially since this was just a practice. These boats do not have winches and the main sheet block is not convenient to use as a hoist, they could be converted but then there is the issue that these boats do not have a topping lift and have a wooden boom that may not support 200+ pounds. With the mainsail up I think it would work but we did not want to risk breaking the boom or tearing the sail. There is just not enough time in this blog to document all of our conversation and experience. The point is that is was a very valuable exercise to use real humans instead of just a throwable PFD that you sail close to and simply pick up with a boat hook. Sailing schools, Yacht clubs and other boating organizations could provide a huge service by doing yearly live MOB demonstrations for their members. It would provide the environment so these issues could be sufficiently explored for if and when it occurs the chances for success greatly improve. Here in the Pacific Northwest cold waters hypothermia can set in just 15 minutes. If you sail in warm waters it would take considerable longer but the person who goes over board may have injured themselves on the way to the water so they may not be able to help themselves at all.Watch this video of a real MOB during a ocean Race, and then just imagine if there were only two persons aboad as so many man and wife teams are. Then there is only one to get the other back on the boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPmNo-jo4tg