Originally Posted by vince
On the subject of someone being ejected from the boat, we always appoint a lookout. If it happens on our boat, then that person has the sole job of keeping an arm pointing in the direction of the subject in the water. It means the driver can concentrate on the mob recovery, and he knows where the person is in the water at all times.
This was taught to us during our PB2 as well. It allows the skipper to control the boat and not have to worry about the Mob position.
We went out for our first trip last weekend and it was really rough (for me) over the Chichester bar. The interesting thing is that as Skipper, the biggest problem I had was that my husband was sitting in the suicide seat which
1) blocked my vision - couldn't see another boat which was really close, and
2) I was really nervous as the waves were really big and there is no where to really hold on.
I have learnt that nobody sits up front unless at anchor or going really slowly - but even then as it is clear the wash of another boat can cause chaos.
When we bought the boat, the previous owner didn't have a spare killcord - his argument was that if he fell overboard, he didn't want a novice to come and rescue him and possibly hit him. I can see his argument but having seen how quickly distance and visibility can be lost, this isn't the answer.
I have two full sets of keys and kill cord. Before setting off on Saturday, I explained where the keys were - very easy at hand.
Having said that, in the big waves - the new killcord was very tight and short and I managed to kill the engine, by standing up - which didn't improve the nerves either!!!!
I don't think Genoa has anything to feel bad about - thank you for sharing and I agree that your thread is more important than the Virgin -