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09-17-2012 05:18 PM
LoboPops
Re: Sleeping underway risk

And had a few times on the ship when you had to use the straps on the rack to hold you in!
09-17-2012 03:09 PM
chucklesR
Re: Sleeping underway risk

If I laid in my rack worrying about hitting a container I'd not be sleeping anyway.
In the Navy you put you head where the light was in the coffin rack - didn't matter which way it was facing. We had belt straps to hold us in on submarines and the smaller ships.

I've only owned 4 boats - all of them had berths that were designed to be feet to bow.
09-17-2012 01:50 PM
hellosailor
Re: Sleeping underway risk

Y'all need velcro sheets and 'jammies. Keeps the offwatch in place way better than a lee cloth, even if you roll the boat. (G)
09-17-2012 12:55 AM
davidpm
Re: Sleeping underway risk

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Originally Posted by Quester View Post
I registered so I could reply to this.

I've raced and cruised offshore several thousand miles, some of it single-handed and did the same in the Pacific Northwest inland salt waters for years. I've been there when boats hit rocks, logs and sand bottoms.

I would never sleep head-forward. You can make all the silly hypothetical arguments you want, but I'd prefer to risk having my feet slammed against the bulkhead than my head.
I feel honored that you registered so you could add to my little thread. Thank you for your comments. Welcome aboard.

I'm in agreement with the group that says that the risks are very low. I've personally never heard of a spinal injury on a sailboat due to sleeping head forward.

The alternative for most boats is very simple just sleep head forward. It's not like I'm recommending something ridiculously hard like always wearing a life-jacket (which I also do by the way).

We all make dozens of judgement calls while on the land and on the water every minute.
Look both ways before crossing the street.
Wear a condom
Is my head low enough to clear the boom.
Check the paper chart to confirm what I think the gps is saying.
Throw the pillow to forward or aft on the bunk

The list goes on and on, what is one more minor consideration.

I think that the difference between people that are "lucky" and people that are "unlucky" is that the "lucky" ones make hundreds of very small, maybe unnoticeable choices not out of fear but because they have a habit of visualizing events.
That visualization causes them to subtly change the way they handle lines, walk on the deck, navigate everything.

These subtle changes never matter 99.999 percent of the time.
But rare events happen much more often than we expect.
09-17-2012 12:28 AM
Capt Len
Re: Sleeping underway risk

Grew up sleeping with a hand pressed against the deck head to prevent body slam in the forepeak, feet forward to avoid wearing a bald spot in the Bryillcream . Just more comfortable that way . No comment on safer, Dad never hit anything, We had more pressing factors to consider.
09-16-2012 07:53 PM
Quester
Re: Sleeping underway risk

I registered so I could reply to this.

I've raced and cruised offshore several thousand miles, some of it single-handed and did the same in the Pacific Northwest inland salt waters for years. I've been there when boats hit rocks, logs and sand bottoms.

I would never sleep head-forward. You can make all the silly hypothetical arguments you want, but I'd prefer to risk having my feet slammed against the bulkhead than my head.
09-06-2012 10:40 PM
rugosa
Re: Sleeping underway risk

Let's see - die with a smile on my face sailing or slogging it at work? Tough choice, NOT
09-06-2012 08:52 PM
JackandJude
Re: Sleeping underway risk

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Originally Posted by capta View Post
I think this is the most "out there" thread I have seen yet.
Sailing is probably the safest sport there is & if you are worried about which way to sleep in a bunk and DYING, quite possibly you should find something else a little less dangerous, like staying on the couch.
Agree, too much time, got plenty else to ponder while pounding big head seas waiting for the dawn.
08-14-2012 09:12 PM
IronSpinnaker
Re: Sleeping underway risk

I would rather die instantly of a broken neck than drown while waiting for rescue.
08-14-2012 08:38 PM
zeehag
Re: Sleeping underway risk

couple cruising together makes watch list--time and hours f watch --when in gom for my near year of cruising there we did 4 hour watch --single handing is different--grab a nap for a few minutes every couple of hours when not in a busy location and nothing on horizon.
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