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On schedules in general? The first time I was out for a week I asked someone if they could pick me up when I got back. They couldn't understand that the time I was returning would be "probably Saturday sometime" and for many trips, THAT would be way too tight a time window.
Especially with a "new to you" boat, you have to figure a trip based on minimum/maximum numbers with a best and worst guesstimate. And then, consider that you may lose a day or two en route if you find and then have to fix something unexpected. You might want to look at one of the towing membership programs too--because a long trip in a "new to you" boat can become a lot longer if you need a thousand dollar tow, which isn't a big number.
Not to hijack the thread, but for long solo watches or drives, I've found audiobooks can be a great companion. Downloadable for a fee from audible.com or available free at your local library, on CD or tape. A typical novel can be 12 hours long on audiobook. Like any other "distraction" you just have to realize that's what it is, make sure it doesn't zone you out or stop you from hearing anything else.