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Re: Tips on Watch Standing

Umm my 2 cents

when the weather is good, read and rest for when the weather worsens
look around every 15 minutes (especially behind you)
once away from major shipping lanes (gulf stream, approaches to the panama canal, ect..) it's mostly out of your hands as the most likely thing to hit offshore is a sleepy whale, a fishing boat with no one at the wheel, or a stray sea can and all are still very unlikely and very random. the whale and sea can will get you whether on watch or not.

The best things we do is read a book, watch shows and movies on the ipad (20 minute shows are excellent if you do a visual scan afterwards), maybe watch out for squalls too (radar helps sometimes). We definately learned to close the hatches when the weather worstens.

just trying to stay awake is usually the key while being able to sleep when your shift is done

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