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I am a fairly inexperienced sailor and have gone 9 miles out in my 24-footer a couple times to fish and well..to just be a little offshore and near bluewater.

I live in SW Florida and doing this in the gulf on a good weather window is fairly benign affair. The first time I did it..I had a great weather window with daytime winds out of the east most of the day which reduced fetch andwave size...By dark (when I got out to 9 miles or so) everything settled down and I anchored with a small anchor and about 130 feet of nylon...a 15 pound anchor and probably 15 feet of 1/4 inch chain with a fairly jerry-rigged bungee snubber in 40 feet of water. I left some lights on and went to sleep about 10:30 or so...was awakened at about 2 am by a sudden rushing landbreeze that blowed a steady 15 knots or so for a half hour or so then abated...this was enough for me to take my bungee snubber off for the rest of the night.

The next time I did it was also about 9 miles or so out... about 3 weeks ago...this time I was tired and still only about 3-4 miles off the beach with a sand dredge directly north and light failing fast...so I drifted west on the landbreeze that took over after sundown..and had my phone set to alarm and I awoke every 25 minutes or so for a few hours to check for boat traffic. I would not have done it this way but there were no other boat lights to be seen other than the dredge...and I didn't want to anchor this time...was too tired to drag my butt to the foredeck and shuffle and fuss with mountains of rope in the dark on a small foredeck figuring out the rode for a light anchor in 40 feet of water...just wanted to sleep...and I figured little bits of sleep was all I could get with this lazyness but I'd take it. Just get out there and do it...but watch the weather and make sure you can be seen at night...and that you arent' in a shipping channel...!! Have fun

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Just what is it that you want to achieve or accomplish? Try to get past the answers to the real question that you have. What experience do you want to gain? Help us help you.

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Thanks TVW, SVA and Soul. These are all great answers. I'd consider my vague question answered.

I'm basically setting goals for myself so I can work toward, such as an overnight coastal adventure. I'm also vaguely pushing towards goals that I want to be certain I can singlehand or safely do. This seems like one.

And from the variety of answers and experiences, Im glad I asked. It gave me a variety of options that "just Googling it" or a book written by a single author with a single perspective wouldn't have provided me.

Thanks for the experiences and ideas.
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I hate to be a kill joy. But, What you're proposing is dangerous and unnecessary and illegal.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/...9444&size=full

At this moment, this ship above and a several others are moving around in your proposed bedroom. You might survive bad weather, you won't survive a meeting with one of these.

Read this story before you go to sleep.

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Tempest, I could smell traffic coming. I have a keen sense of smell typically reserved for pregnant women. ;P

Seriously though, thanks for the inadvertent marinetraffic link. That is incredible. "Baltic Wolf" is going to pass by my (onland) condo any minute! (And I know I should not use it as a navigation or traffic tool, but it's super cool to see where all the commercial traffic has gone and is going)
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I'm basically setting goals for myself so I can work toward, such as an overnight coastal adventure. I'm also vaguely pushing towards goals that I want to be certain I can singlehand or safely do. This seems like one.
Then consider coming home from work on a Friday and getting a good nap in. Go to the boat and head East for four hours. Turn around and go home.

Spend Sunday thinking about what you learned about yourself, and sailing, and the ocean.

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Take some crew, rotate watch-keeping duties, and just keep sailing all night long.
That's the right answer . But don't do it on a single night because it take time to adjust to sleeping in a small boat in motion. If you take only one night you are probably not going to manage to sleep, make it 3 or four nights and if you are like the typical sailor, on the third night you will have entered on the rhythm and will be able to sleep no matter what. The fact that you will be tired for having slept badly on the previous nights will help

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Sorry to revive a dead thread, but I just came across this article that talks about a sailor that took his sails down at night to get sleep while crossing the Atlantic. Took him longer that way, not surprisingly, but he was apparently well rested. As I remember, the skipper of Tinkerbelle did pretty much the same thing when he wanted to rest. I have also sailed with a gentleman who had previously sailed solo across the Atlantic, during which trip he simply slept all night until he got a premonition that he was near land, and then made landfall the next day.

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The fact that single-handing sailors find ways to sleep and therefore not keep watch as required does not make it any less illegal and dangerous. They may wake up well-rested just before hitting that freighter/floating container/rock.

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Yes, I'm not necessarily advocating this approach, just as I don't advocate texting and driving or ignoring your wife's/significant other's birthday, but it apparently it can been done, which is what the original poster asked.

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