In our days as seaschool instructors, we have taught the MOB manuever hundreds of times and it was the one thing everyone looked forward to. Every student regarded a successful manuever as a major accomplishment after methodically going through every step and recovering "Bob", our long suffering danbuoy. However, Bob had a nasty habit of slipping overboard at the worst of times. At the first call for "Man Overboard", the crew usually do not even properly register that something is wrong. By the time they realize that action is required, poor old Bob is floating several boat lengths behind us and there is total chaos and pandemonium on board. It is remarkable how quickly all the MOB steps are forgotten when there is chaos. That is why we not only teach the proper and recognized MOB procedure but we insist everyone knows how to do the Crash Stop. It is simple and easy to do even for only one crew member, a very important thing when the one and only priority should be to focus on getting your crew member back on board. Grant at NauticEd has chronicled a few of his own MOB stories with some valuable lessons for all of us and the techniques in detail of how to do the maneuvers and command the situation.
See our Crash Stop Manuever Sequence here.