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12-24-2009 01:07 AM
zeehag baby butt wipes are wonderful for the spit bath in between showers whenye want to save water ---keeps the funk of body odors away and degreases also--lol---is also good for removing bottom slime from waxy plastic dinks and kayaks lol.......
11-02-2009 01:00 AM
Stillraining Hove too and heave him overboard on a teather
11-02-2009 12:01 AM
jackdale "Cleanliness is next to godliness"

Having done a 21 day passage from Honolulu to the PNW, I learned that staying clean is essential, especially when hot bunking. At least every second day I went in the head, stripped off and wiped myself down with a slightly soapy wash cloth.

We had one crew member who developed distinct (distink) odour. Fortunately I was not hot bunking with him. But it did lead to some dissension among the crew.

11-01-2009 03:29 PM
jerryrlitton [QUOTE=imagine2frolic;356405]One thing I have found handy when having to have newbies hand steer. Is that left is less when keeping a heading.[/QUOTE]

The way I always taught it is that the compass does not turn, the plane/helicopter/boat turns around the compass and left turns the numbers get smaller.

11-01-2009 12:22 PM
zeehag we use a regular cheepo wrist watch that beeps the hour and i only read in cockpit during day--at nite i read sky and absorb nature----is difficult enough to read the sea at night without moon --donot need other distractions--i found music is a very strong distraction when the sa and the boat ar rmusic in and of themselves....LOL....and i never sleep on watch.....have to remain alert---i also fish by trolling in daylight hours---
09-18-2009 06:53 PM
munir Those are all very good ideas. Some are new and very usefull for me. Listening a stereo, or i-pods are not good ideas. If you are on a watch you'd better be alert and listening to the boat.
06-25-2009 05:21 PM
hump180 Bring lots of tools!!
03-04-2009 04:51 PM
SailorGregS It would a great time sailing off shore. What a great time.
11-07-2008 02:47 AM
easygoing I've used a timmer before. Works real good.
11-06-2008 01:11 PM
Bene 505

When I sail local waters, I don’t often use my wind-up kitchen timer. If I do, I set it for 5 minutes.

Offshore, away from shipping lanes and coastal traffic, I always use the timer. I set it for 15 to 20 minutes. During these periods, as a solo sailor, I nap whenever possible through out the 24 hour day. I know some solo sailors maintain a regular sleep schedule at night but that ignores watch responsibilities and also weather conditions and boat problems don’t operate on that same schedule. I always feared becoming totally exhausted and being unable to reef or sail the boat or even think clearly. This was one danger I wanted to avoid at all costs.

Consequently, I stuck to this napping tactic. When the buzzer goes off I grab my binoculars and scan 360 degrees. Then back to nap. Four years into my solo circumnavigation, I saved enough to buy radar and added that to my ‘look around’ routine.

After 3 days, however, of this napping business, my body screamed for a few back-to- back hours of sleep. At such times, I chose mornings to go below and hit the bunk. If a ship sneaked into my area, I hoped the watch person on the other vessel might be more alert in the mornings, might see me, and might alter course. Key word here is ‘might’.

And so with ‘might’ in mind, and before grabbing my 1 to 3 hours of ZZZ’s, I always scanned, checked radar, set radar guard zone and added one more trick. I called out on VHF to ‘ any vessel in the area.’ The signal reached out 30 miles or more and I felt if a small vessel, under the radar, was in the area and IF they had their VHF on, and IF I could make contact, I would postpone my sleep. In my seven-year cruise I never had another vessel answer this type of call, but it did make me feel I had done everything I could to sail safer.

Pilots and sailors are birds of a feather.
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