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Well on OP big race boats

I have never gone more than 48+ hours non-stop (3 to 4 hour watches) BUT it was a whole lot of distance races over a 3 season time frame and it was really intense with there being no such thing as a weather window

If it stopped blowing we anchored if it blew 50 double reef and Kevlar #3 and we got really freaking wet.

On my own J24 which we bought when we were twenty something's it was picked because it could sail well and it has 4 places to sleep.

It was equipped with a boom tent for the rain a curtain around the porta potty and two solar shower bags tied around the mast base to get clean.

I really cant tell you how many weekends myself wife and her twin sister and husband spent camping on the boat but it was a lot as the Jamesport to Montauk area was hard to get bored with.

In the present i bought a another J24 because a J80 cost to much :) and the J80 mast is a bit to tall to step yourself and we still refuse to put up with being held hostage to the Long Island boat yard Mafia.

I still like doing foredeck on big race boats and you cant pay me to camp in a J24 anymore


And anything more than a good 200 mile race is still more than enough time on a boat for me :)
 

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Well

Saftey stuff and when you wear it is mandated on race boats buy the A B C that defines the risk of a race from a day sail in a bay to open water

And the amount of training and required stuff is going up every year to the point of boats no longer being able to afford the required stuff
 

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One of are big ones is a MOB pole that has to have a fast launch mount on the stern


A full crew PLB system (personal location beacon) requirement has become a hot topic as a high cost requirement
 

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The liferaft thing shocks me a bit as most of my distance racing starts in western LIS and does not go futher than Block Island or the Vineyard

A liferaft has been required as long as i can remenber and i dont know anybody with bigger boat dollars that even thinks twice about it
 
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