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Old 07-21-2011
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Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
But if you are single handing the boat or a couple standing separate watches, they can't be running below decks every few minutes to view the radar screen.

Boasun, that's what autopilots are for --

Night watch -- one watch stander awake
Autopilots ON, boat's on course at six knots.
Quick scan of the horizon.
Duck below -- hit "transmit", let it settle, look at 8 miles (three scans), 4 miles (three scans), 2 miles (three scans), 1 mile (three scans). Hit "standby". Pop back up to the helm.
Quick scan of the horizon.
Elapsed time 90 seconds... distance traveled 300 yards).
Ten minutes later....repeat the above. (Distance traveled since last radar check ~ 1 nm).

Now, if you're in the fog or you can't see the reduce boat speed, but the process is the same.

The exercise keeps you young.
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