Re: Sleeping While at Sea
We only use AIS, have a transceiver which I very much recommend over just a receiver. We have seen freighters on a collision course alter their course 10 miles away and then go back to previous course after passing. We pretty much rely on eyeballs. The closest we have come to a collision was at noon on a bright sunny day off coast of Ecuador. The crew of a very large container ship obviously was not looking at radar, AIS, or outside. Call on the VHF got his attention pretty quick.
Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Relatively few stops along the way from Grenada. Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin (must have something to do with the French food), then Bermuda, New England and up the Hudson/Erie Canal. We were going to go via Newfoundland and Labrador but June remembered that one of the kids is getting married this summer - details, details!