The Catch and Lift MOB Rescue System from Intelligent Sailing is designed to let a single operator recover and lift as many as two people back on board in the event of an emergency. The three-step system includes a sling, pulley and sea anchor. It uses the boat’s forward motion to bring a person back on deck. A separate mounting bracket is also available. Price: $875. The optional bracket is $80.
The SoftScience Fin 2.0 water shoe is built to be lightweight and odor-resistant, to dry quickly, and to keep water out with a self-draining system. Created for boaters, anglers, surfers and beachcombers, the Fin 2.0 reportedly holds its grip on slippery surfaces—in the water and out. In addition, the SoftScience shoe is designed to be kind to the body. A contoured foot bed is meant to evenly distribute the body’s weight to reduce pressure points, and the shoes are wide to give toes more wiggle space. Price: $60 to $90.
Wireless Kill Switch
Autotether’s marine wireless system is built to instantly cut the outboard engine when the operator falls overboard or is separated from the boat by more than 150 feet. The host unit replaces the engine’s red safety lanyard, and a compact remote sensor that the operator wears will kill the engine if he or she falls overboard. The unit is compatible with all major outboard brands. As many as three sensors can be added to sound an alarm if a guest falls overboard. Price: $235. Additional sensors are $95 each.
Moving Bigger Bows
Vetus has expanded its line of Bow Pro series thrusters to include models for 45- to 80-foot vessels. The Bow Pro Boosted thrusters use a brushless motor that’s reportedly maintenancefree for 12-volt or 24-volt inputs, and is designed to fit tunnel sizes up to 250 mm. The thrusters come with a standard or a fully proportional control panel and now have unlimited run-time. Price: $2,169 to $4,519.
The M2 chain hook from Mantus Marine latches to a chain and reportedly stays on even when there is no load on the chain or hook. It is made from 2205 Duplex stainless steel and is designed to be as strong as high-test chain. It can be used with a snubber or bridle and fits BBB, Proof Coil, High Test and stainless chain. It is available for 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8and 1/2-inch chain. Price: $36 to $170.