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Re: Tips on Watch Standing
There is a tendency to think about watch length from the perspective of the watchstander. That isn't nearly as important as considering it from the perspective of the off-watch. The off-watch HAS to get enough rest to be effective. Two hour stints aren't enough for most people. 4-on/4-off can be maintained for a long time. 4-on/8-off can be maintained indefinitely.
4 on - 8 off works well on 3 watch systems. remember to to account for berth arrangements. Simple hot bunking does not work.
For two-watch system, I have had success with a modified Swedish system. 0600-1200, 1200-1800, 1800-2300, 2300-0300, 0300-0600. I like at least two on a watch. BTW - this is a long passages without an autopilot.
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