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Old 10-05-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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How do you pass time on a long voyage?

Headed out across Lake e Erie this morning to see how far I could get, aft 3 hr at 8 knots I turned around back to the home port. How do you pass time day after day week after week?
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Passing Time While Long Range Cruising

Read, Fish, Perform Minor Maintenance, Navigate, Play Cards With Crew etc.
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Old 10-05-2017, 02:03 PM   #3
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Go to the bars and chase women. There's also a site on the Internet called Trawler Forum where you can spend time. You can also check out the boat porn on Yachtworld.

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Just bougjt a stand for my bike that is also a stationary trainer. Thought I might put it next to the upper helm with the autopilot remote and pedal.

Because the scenery going by is slower than biking, mabe it will make me pedal faster...
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Trade off taking naps with my wife.
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Old 10-05-2017, 02:38 PM   #6
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Adjusting the sails helps. Mending the sails and canvas helps. otherwise bring plenty of food and spirits and if you like others to share with. When I am alone on a power boat I keep watch and navigate and try to keep the trips relatively short. There are some who turn on the autopilot and chill-out and on occasion that can get exciting not in a good way.
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Headed out across Lake e Erie this morning to see how far I could get, aft 3 hr at 8 knots I turned around back to the home port. How do you pass time day after day week after week?


Watch the clouds, stare into the waves, breathe deeply, spread your inner wings, nap a lot, listen to your fav boating playlists and drink rum. Thereís no such thing as blue sky blues.

Treat your ship like a princess, daydream, enjoy the sounds of the night and did I mention to drink a lot of rum?
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Satellite radio. If I have crew, take turns getting naps.
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I like going 7 knots a lot more than 15 knots on long trips. At 15 knots you really have to pay attention. Our longest passge was 24 days and I think Lena and I averaged around 6 knots. At times it was probably tedious but I can honestly say I was never bored.
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Just bougjt a stand for my bike that is also a stationary trainer. Thought I might put it next to the upper helm with the autopilot remote and pedal.

Is it coupled to a get-home prop?



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Old 10-05-2017, 05:43 PM   #12
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My wife and I trade off at the helm. I will sometimes nap on the flybridge deck or go below and nap in the V berth. Or plan our routes and stops on the computer.

Having a flybridge, we are able to watch the scenery and wildlife passing by. That probably wouldn't work on the Great Lakes or the ocean.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:09 PM   #13
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with google maps and a little algebra you could have found out how far you could go in 3 hours without ever leaving the dock.
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Headed out across Lake e Erie this morning to see how far I could get, aft 3 hr at 8 knots I turned around back to the home port. How do you pass time day after day week after week?
Why did you turn around? Board and went back to the dock? Who will be making trips with you? Where (how far) are you looking to go?
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I've ran long 12+ hour days but don't like to, last time was to get past a daytime closure on the Illinois river. I'll trade off with my wife or daughter even my grandson has taken a turn at the helm. I enjoy the trip and plan during the day where we are going to stop, we typically anchor out so stopping point can change depending on how quick we get through locks. Having a destination helps keep things interesting by watching our progress.
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. How do you pass time day after day week after week?
1. Make some friends. In my 11 weeks of cruising this summer, I had guests for 8.

2. Port calls.

3. Take your dog. I didn't, and regretted it every day.

4. Audiobooks. I download them free from my hometown library, anywhere I can get wifi.
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Satellite radio. If I have crew, take turns getting naps.
Yup Satellite radio can be a real savior on long car trips too.
I am hung up on radio mysteries, from years ago.
Classical music and music from the 40s
Of course, you can stay updated on the news so you can decide if it is safe to go to shore too.
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Headed out across Lake e Erie this morning to see how far I could get, aft 3 hr at 8 knots I turned around back to the home port. How do you pass time day after day week after week?
We never get tired of cruising in the PNW with all the beautiful scenery that constantly changes, boy are we lucky but please keep it a secret!.......
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With current charts and at least on good depth sounder, you can stay close enough to shore and enjoy the changing scenery.

You thought you got bored, think of Columbus.



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Headed out across Lake e Erie this morning to see how far I could get, aft 3 hr at 8 knots I turned around back to the home port. How do you pass time day after day week after week?
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Most of my trips are multi-day fishing trips, each of which usually begins with an early evening departure and 36+ hours of travel. And there are usually 7 of us on board. We have an assigned watch schedule at night, with two guys at the helm on staggered 2 hour shifts. And when we arrive, fishing becomes the primary focus and even when we aren't catching, it is hard to get bored. But even on the travel days, there is always something going on -- cleaning fish, preparing tackle, preparing and consuming meals, playing poker, telling jokes, watching whatever nature has to offer, etc. Plus, there is always satellite TV, and music, and lots of DVDs. I always bring a book, but actually find little time to read.
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