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Re: Sleeping While at Sea

Originally Posted by flandria View Post
ChucklesR's point is not only well-taken, but it begs the question: the CG is well aware of single-handed racers or voyagers out there, but it is just "understood" that's OK. I have always wondered about/questioned the wisdom of such extended single-handed sailing. I cannot be expected to believe that these folks out there only take catnaps for months at a time!
Is is not understood as OK by the courts.

In a 1984 court case (Granholm v. TFL
Express), a singlehanded yacht, Granholm, was run down from behind by the freighter
TFL Express (WindCheck, “Rules of Engagement,” October 2010.) The owner of the
Granholm sued the Express for failing to maintain a proper lookout (Rule 5) and to give
way to the overtaken vessel (Rule 13). The court agreed – but found the skipper of the
Granholm equally at fault. He was sleeping and thus had no lookout. “The obligation to
maintain a proper lookout falls upon great vessels and small, alike.”
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