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post #17 of Old 03-04-2013
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Re: Tips on Watch Standing

Great tips.

I'd move these two up higher on the list, so that they are done before releiving the earlier watch:

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Check the steering / handling. How hard is the autopilot working? Is the boat holding course? Where is the braided knot on wheel? Anything greater than 90 deg either side of center is an indication that itís time to reef. If weíre sailing, whatís the angle of heel? As it begins to approach and hold near 20 degrees, itís probably time to reef.
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Check the steering / handling. How hard is the autopilot working? Is the boat holding course? Where is the braided knot on wheel? Anything greater than 90 deg either side of center is an indication that itís time to reef.
And only because solid grammar/etc. decreases confusion, I'd add the words "prior to" so it reads like this:

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Wake the next watch 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to relieve you.
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Are you sailing straight through, or stopping off in Greenland or Iceland along the way?

Regards,
Brad

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