CATCH AND LIFT

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The Catch and Lift is a new crew-over­board re­trieval prod­uct that caught our eye at the re­cent Newport In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. This sys­tem con­sists of three parts, each clearly la­beled: the pul­ley, which is at­tached to the boat with a strong snap hook; the res­cue sling, which is steered to the vic­tim in a sim­i­lar way as the Lifes­ling; and a small sea an­chor, which is tossed in the wa­ter. The sea an­chor is what makes this sys­tem in­ter­est­ing — it’s lo­cated at the other end of the line at­tached to the COB, and once it’s de­ployed, the boat’s speed (ide­ally around 1 knot) drags the sea an­chor through the wa­ter, which hoists the COB in to­ward the boat. Hav­ing this hap­pen au­to­mat­i­cally al­lows the per­son aboard to stay at the helm un­til it’s time to get the vic­tim aboard. It’s an in­no­va­tive con­cept, and one we’d like to try out for a fu­ture is­sue. Check out videos of the Catch and Lift in ac­tion at the U.S. dis­trib­u­tor’s web­site (in­tel­li­gent­sail­ing.com/catch-and-lift.html).

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