December 2011 Issue
The scoop on the updated parbuckle.
In May 2010, Practical Sailor reviewed a prototype man-overboard (MOB) recovery device called the Seascoopa. The parbuckle-type device functions much like a human trawler net, enabling the recovery of injured or unconscious MOBs while the boat is slowly making way. While the device performed as advertised, it needed some design fine-tuning. After an extensive re-design, the production version of the new Seascoopa addresses most of the concerns testers had with the prototype and cranked the construction quality and design up a notch. Testers felt there are certain benefits to the improved Seascoopa that other recovery aids do not offer, but it's not our preferred device for use as a primary MOB aid.
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