It depends... if you're sailing along the coast...it is often possible to find a nice small anchorage and stop for a few hours to sleep on the hook. However, if you're doing an openwater passage, and have 400'+ beneath the keel... taking short naps during the day is your only real option. Most singlehanders suggest sleeping during the day, when you're most likely to be spotted, and staying awake at night, when you need to be much more observant of other boats/ships.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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