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Old 04-22-2013
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Re: Sleeping While at Sea

By the purist definition a single hander can never maintain a proper watch, even while he/she is alert an at the helm.

A watch is a watch, un-distracted by anything including minding the helm.
Inland rules, where it matters for most of us.

Rule 5
Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight
and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the
prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal
of the situation and of the risk of collision.

Bold added by me.
At all times means just that. Farting with a chartplotter, staring at a sail's trim etc - not a proper watch at all times.
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