CATCH AND LIFT
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).