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post #11 of Old 04-22-2013
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Re: Sleeping While at Sea

wonder how you folks who are not racing deal with it. in past even when double handed have taken to have alarm set to go off every 20m and scan horizon, look at instruments, sails etc. Would cat nap in cockpit during the day and strict watch at night. On shelf or shipping channel no sleeping by the watch person. Had radar detection device on prior boat which would set off alarm if it detected any radar ( used very little juice). On current boat will set up exclusion zone on radar as less concerned about electrical use. Leave on standby and scan every 20m or so. Wake both of us if any target appears.Thinking is if tired want both of us to do the math and make sure there is no close intercept. So far main problem has been small recreational fish boats running to canyons and not showing up on anything when sailing coastal. A lot of them take off in the dark of early morning. Live in fear of being hit. Would appreciate others thoughts on avoidance.

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