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Old 12-19-2016, 01:54 PM   #241
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One more thing, may be: engine noise even loud. When tired, you can be anxious and hear "strange noises"..
The engine noise on Dauntless is not bad at all, just a nice background noise.

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much preferred to silence
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:42 PM   #243
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The engine noise on Dauntless is not bad at all, just a nice background noise.

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Yeah, only two people to keep watch while wallowing 24/7 in large following seas listening to the gentle purring of a Ford Lehman and then getting day after day of mediocre sleep.

Sounds quite relaxing.
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Yeah, only two people to keep watch while wallowing 24/7 in large following seas listening to the gentle purring of a Ford Lehman and then getting day after day of mediocre sleep.

Sounds quite relaxing.
Reminds me of the old days, only interrupted by meal time and flight quarters.....

Although Dauntless could be faster than some of the tubs I sailed on....

To be fair, proud old tubs.

Richard is living exactly why I don't have any desire to cross an ocean in a small vessel, no matter how exhilarating in moments or satisfying when done....too many miles of wallowing for me.

On a 80 foot cat or sleek clipper...that I might try....
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:50 PM   #245
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Message from Richard, this afternoon, 12h56 local time in Europe. He didn't look happy:" How many miles did you do a day? I'm crawling st 133 nm/day (...)". I answered to him it was very good, during my passage I was happy with 120 nm per day considering a rough crossing, with some storms and big waves.
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:55 PM   #246
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Two as crew is going to lead to getting tired. Long trips, heck this is not merely long, but better described as epic!!- three crew really works.

On most trips we would do three or four hour shifts. Seemed to work ok. On last trip I rode as engineer/helmsman and that boat did two hour shifts. Two on, four off. I thought it was weird, but it really worked. Shifts went by in a breeze, enough time to get decent sleep.

I hope these two hang in there. Seas look about the same for the near future, that is tiring as heck. Got about a little over a week to go...

Once he has a good handle on remaining fuel, he might consider kicking up the speed a bit.
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:07 PM   #247
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Two as crew is going to lead to getting tired.
But it`s better than being solo.
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But it`s better than being solo.
Depends, what makes for worse odds? One tired person to F up or two?

4 people would be great on a trip like that. 3 hours on and 9 off.

Time to eat, chill/fish/read and get some real sleep.
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Richard is living exactly why I don't have any desire to cross an ocean in a small vessel, no matter how exhilarating in moments or satisfying when done....too many miles of wallowing for me.
but I really respect what Richard is doing!
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Curently Richard watch rotation is as follow:
From 22 to 4 - Micah
From 4 to 10 - Richard
From 10 to 22 - both.
When they are both up they get some nap.
Yesterday morning he was a bit tired for his watch but looks like he is managing this well.
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They just get pelted by flying fishes now once it is dark
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Yeah, only two people to keep watch while wallowing 24/7 in large following seas listening to the gentle purring of a Ford Lehman and then getting day after day of mediocre sleep.

Sounds quite relaxing.
Yes it is. What is not relaxing is beam seas and an engine suddenly making no sound....

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Yes it is. What is not relaxing is beam seas and an engine suddenly making no sound....

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Are you on the boat now Dan?
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They just get pelted by flying fishes now once it is dark
That's called free breakfast!
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When I compare the size of a bee with the one of a flying fish, I imagine the mess on the windshield!
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Are you on the boat now Dan?
Nope.

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Depends, what makes for worse odds? One tired person to F up or two?
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Remember, he did it solo in the opposite direction.
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Richard just took his watch for the 11th day at sea, here some update:

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Winds are down to mid to high teens.
Best ride we've had in days but hardly significantly better.
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Remember, he did it solo in the opposite direction.
I have not forgotten.
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On the first crossing, he was solo only for the last half of the trip. (The short part)
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