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12-06-2012 07:20 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Is sleeping OK?

I have slept under way a lot, but I don't sleep deep. I'm alway's waking at every little noise. I imagine hitting some debris at full speep, or getting up to tend a flapping sail. When I heave to in broad daylight, I pass out with little worry, no sails to trim etc.. I am much more alert at night due to my deep morning sleep and nap from 4 to sun set.
12-06-2012 06:58 PM
tdw
Re: Is sleeping OK?

Thoroughly agree ... this idea of heaving to has whiskers on it.

I don't do much single handing anymore so the issue does not so much concern me but it seems to me that time and place is all important. To go below for a kip when coastal near shipping channels and/or ports seems reckless in the extreme. Out at sea not so much.
12-06-2012 05:52 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Is sleeping OK?

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Originally Posted by Omatako View Post

The other thing I don't get is why there is a desire to stop the boat while you're sleeping. The more distance you can cover the less time you have to spend out there and the less times you'll be needing sleep. And stopping the boat does not lessen your chances of being run down. If it's safe enough to sleep, it's safe enough to keep moving.
Exactly...

I'd make a similar argument against concentrating your sleeping during daylight, as opposed to at night...

Daytime conditions are when you are best apt to be sailing the boat to its fullest potential, and maximum performance... Carrying a spinnaker, for instance - even on a crewed boat, one might be less inclined to do so at night...

Sail for speed during the day, then throttle back and get your rest at night, when your body and mind are gonna benefit from it most, anyway... And, frankly, I think the watches on most ship's bridges are somewhat more alert at night in general, and might naturally tend to relax, or let their guard down a bit, during daylight...
12-06-2012 04:16 PM
Omatako
Re: Is sleeping OK?

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Originally Posted by waynebow View Post
what about heaving to, and then sleeping
I guess primarily because the ship that runs you down doesn't really discriminate between moving or standing obstructions, it's just a matter timing. And as others are likely to say, heaved to does not mean you're not under way.

The other thing I don't get is why there is a desire to stop the boat while you're sleeping. The more distance you can cover the less time you have to spend out there and the less times you'll be needing sleep. And stopping the boat does not lessen your chances of being run down. If it's safe enough to sleep, it's safe enough to keep moving.
12-05-2012 10:28 PM
travlineasy
Re: Is sleeping OK?

During my trp to the sunny shores of Marathon Key, Florida I ventured offshore to bypass the Georga segment of the ICW. I went out at the southern end of Paris Island, Captain Melissia was by my side, and when we were about 12 miles offshore, we set a course for Saint Augustine, Florida. Unfortunately, the wind gods didn't want us to sail that course, consequently, we ended up about 35 miles offshore and sailing southwesterly toward the Bahamas.

During the entire overnight segment of the trip, we never encountered a single commercial vessel. We did see one other boat, which was about 10 to 12 miles southeast of us, but that was the only boat we saw throughout the entire night. This was one of those nights where you could have just lowered the sails and slept for a couple hours without any worries. Of course, being a worry-wart, I wouldn't have been able to sleep a wink, despite the conditions.

Cheers,

Gary
12-05-2012 06:05 PM
Leon-T
Re: Is sleeping OK?

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Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
I found Andrew Evan's "Thoughts, Tips, Techiniques & Tactics for Singlehanded Sailing" to be a great resource, with chapters on sleeping, eating, single-handed spinnaker handling, etc:Singlehanded Tips Book

It inspired me to set up and fly a symmetrical spinnaker singlehanded.

Just finished reading through most of this thread. Wow. What a wealth of information.

I just wanted to second James' recommendation of this book. It's a great read.
12-05-2012 09:25 AM
jameswilson29
Re: Is sleeping OK?

Those seem like good reasons to head out farther than simply the shortest course along the coast. The farther out you are, the fewer chances to hit fish nets, small local boats, tugs, etc. You also minimize the chances of running aground should your boat go off course after you fall asleep.
12-05-2012 09:21 AM
smurphny
Re: Is sleeping OK?

For coastal cruising, where you need to stay up for close to 24 hours, if you prepare by getting all the sleep possible before-hand and timing the passage right so that you are freshest during the night hours, you can pretty easily stay alert for 24 hours. There is just too much traffic possible anywhere near shore to catnap. Things like tugs with barges in tow, fishing vessels, and tankers can ruin your day. They move FAST!
12-05-2012 04:47 AM
xymotic
Re: Is sleeping OK?

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Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
I sleep as soon as the sun has been up for a few minuets untill noon and just hope they see me. it's been working for over 20 years, no gadgets. I take a nap from 4 till sunset and stay up through the dark hours. This keeps me from being sleep deprived.
I'm naturally a night owl, I can't believe I never thought of this solution. Sleep during the day... brilliant!!!
12-04-2012 10:34 PM
waynebow
Re: Is sleeping OK?

what about heaving to, and then sleeping
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