Originally Posted by Tim M
How useful really is a throw line on a RIB in a MOB situation? Probably not very. You're in a small, highly manoeuvrable boat. A bigger vessel is a different kettle of fish, especially when it comes to positioning the boat very close to the person in the water - in which case a grab line would be very useful to be able to haul them in the last 10 ft.
I would pop it under the drivers seat so it's close to hand if you do ever need it, but I personally think fitting a grab line holding contraption on a RIB is a bit unnecessary.
Throw lines/Bags are incredibly useful in a rib. The ability to grab a line a throw it accurately to a casualty person or boat easily and quickly is essential.
On a lee shore being able to throw a line to a person/boat and keep my boat away from the shore is great.
Additional having a (in my case) 10mm line , in a bag, I can use to set up a tow easily without having to go in a locker and dig one out is great.
This line also gives and extra (20m) in my case extention for a spring/bowline if needed.
I use the canoeing rescue type rather than the sailing thin line version as i find the rope a more flexible in its uses.