Wide side decks, high life lines, and plenty of handholds go a long way to preventing a fall, which is a risk even in smooth waters.

Rethinking MOB Prevention

Sailing safety standards lag behind those for other activities.

Man overboard gear standards are behind the times because the sample size is tiny and the facts surrounding an accident are often clouded and disguised by difficult circumstances. But fixing this is pretty simple; piggyback on standards that have been developed for climbing and industry. The following are just some of the steps that a sailor can take to improve his chances of staying on board.

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