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One thing that seems to be a consensus among the long distance sailors I know... you should be up during the night, at least for a fair bit of it, and sleep during the day. The night watch on most large boats is generally not as alert as they should be, especially during the 2-6 am period... and I would rather be up then, and watching out for them. Most sleep a bit more during the day, when the watches on the large ships are more alert and the boat is a bit easier to see.

I would say heaving to is probably a good idea...you don't want the boat to be moving too quickly just in case.

Another good idea is to reef down just prior to sundown, as in many areas, the winds can pick up at night, and it is more difficult to reef down at night, when you may not be as alert or awake and it is far more difficult to see.
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