Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: Is sleeping OK?
At the end of the day, when I'm on watch in a commercial wheel house, and I hit a well lit , radar visible, and or ais-vhf, barley moving object, I'm at fault, period. If I Hit anything I'll be at fault, sh!t, if something hit's me I'll be at fault, I'll probably loose my job and the coast guard will pull my ticket till investigation. What is the yachty gonna do, say he/ she was asleep? If they are alive? If on the other hand I'm single handling my little sloop and some one hit's me, it's my fault for not being visible enough, If I need to sleep at night in a shipping lane you better belive I'll be lit up, sails illuminated, what ever. I'd have to be the kind of ass hole who doesn't know they're an ass hole to take it to court,( as opposed to the kind I am which is well aware and only on purpose) If I got hit for sleeping and lived, so be it, I'd admit my neglagence, If I hit someone who was well lit, I'd admit my neglagence. If two sail boats collide at 5 knot's they are both ass holes. It's up to me to avoid collisions, and I can catch some sleep and do that effectivly with some common sense, lights, and orange sh!t on deck. If you can't single hand a little sail boat across an ocean you have no buisness being in charge of the vessel, if you NEED a crew your'e not skilled enough to be the decider. The captain should be able to carry out all the duties by them selves and better than anyone on board, that's what the MASTER part of the tilte on the ticket is refering to and or meant to imply. If I ever get hit while sleeping at sea and live to tell about it I will appologize to guy for putting him in a situation where hitting me was even possible.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 09-23-2012 at 01:42 PM.