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post #3 of Old 09-12-2004
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whats a good watch schedule?

Jim, my observation is that widely differing skeds work better for different crews. My suggestion is for the two of you to think about your normal sleep patterns and ask yourselves whether you might to some degree have differing preferences which will lead you to a watch sked that works well for you. My wife simply MUST hit the sack early in the evening. I''m no night owl but I can last longer than she can...but waking up in the middle of the night for a while isn''t a big deal for her, at which point I''m ready to sack out. She also needs to sleep in...but I enjoy the early a.m. watch and seeing the sun come up. So for the two of us, we almost have a perfect arrangement without worrying about a formal sked. Perhaps the same will be true for you...

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