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Old 04-23-2013
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Re: Sleeping While at Sea

Requiring a 24 hour watch basically makes singlehanding illegal. I personally do not see what the issue is. Here is the way I see it:

If both parties keep a watch (follow the rules), then in theory a collision is avoided.

If one party sleeps and another keeps a watch, the one on watch will see the other boat and the collision is avoided.

If neither party keeps a watch, both parties knew the risks, and both parties are equally responsible if there is a collision.

I keep a watch. I believe I should and think it is the right thing. I have kids aboard and put try to put this boat to a higher standard than I might hold others to. But I believe that some people will not have a choice but to sleep some - specifically solo sailors. I want them to maintain that right.

Now you will call me hypocritical, but I DO believe that all commercial vessels should maintain a watch. I do hold them to a higher standard (or the legal standard) just as I hold myself. They are a business venture and safety of their crew and cargo should be accounted for no matter what. If they have to hire more crew to fulfill those requirements, they should do so and will likely pass those costs off to those who use their services/buy their goods.

Anyways, that is my opinion which I know many people disagree with (including the regs). Doesn't mean I don't get an opinion though!!

Brian
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