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post #21 of Old 04-23-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: Sleeping While at Sea

With two onboard we are able to keep reasonable watches. The person on watch stays awake (generally!) and checks for vessels every 10-15 minutes (to me 20 minutes is too long with the speed of some freighters, especially with visibility that is less than ideal). You can't judge the risk, ie number of boats, by distance offshore. Some very busy shipping lines are very far from shore, eg. between South Africa and Asia south of Madagascar, the number of ships going to Richards Bay and Durban is huge, plus all the ships going around the Cape.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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