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Old 05-17-2018, 06:26 PM   #21
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Leaving Mangrove and heading towards the gulf stream last week.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:56 PM   #22
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:30 PM   #23
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Satellite radio for me. If my crew is awake (not often when in transit) then the conversation is good.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:43 PM   #24
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Our "passages" are usually runs to the dive/fishing spots off georgia's coast so when we're running is either really early or after a long day on the water and one or two people are sleeping while one or two people hand-steer (no auto pilot). Rarely more than 4 people onboard really. ... Conversation, looking for boats/nature, and a couple rods out the back make up the bulk of the entertainment otherwise. These are only ~5 hours each way, max.
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Avoiding floating trees and flotsam as well as kayaks, sailboats, and such, as well as freighters and tugs with barges, and observing birds, seals and dolphins, and staying within channels. Keeps me busy on the boat underway. At dock/anchor, spend the time snoozing, eating/drinking, reading or conversing with anyone onboard. Some like to absorb cosmic rays, but I try to keep that under 20 minutes.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:00 PM   #26
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My trips are usually 3+ days, running 24x7 with 6 other fisherman. And at night, there are always two people at the helm. During the day, we are always trolling, if not stopped on fish. Trolling has an element of excitement, since you never know when a knock down will occur. And if it has been a while since a knockdown, it is always good to reel in the lines (usually 4 - 6) and make sure they are not fouled, and perhaps switch lures, or at least adjust their positioning. Or, one can go into the tower (eyeballs are about 35' above water level, so the view is amazing -- that is high enough to discern the curvature of the earth). Using the stabilized binos to look for paddies, etc., and redirect the boat's course to intercept, is always interesting and challenging. Plus the tower has its own sound zone, so it is easy to rock out to favorite tunes.

While at the helm, I keep myself interested by playing around with instruments. Scanning sonar is always fun, as is SSB/Ham. And there is plenty of time to send/receive sail mail or Ham mail, though the process can be a little frustrating.

We tend to eat well -- nice cuts of meat barbequed or rotisseried. And there is a Beni Hana table.

In general, I read alot, but on the boat I fall asleep quickly if I try to read. But a nap is always good.

Depending on the crew, we usually have an ongoing poker game, so whenever there is a critical mass that will chew up a few hours (especially at night, since we can't really fish then).

And, there is usually something that needs fixing. That can be fun and gives a sense of accomplishment while underway.

All in all, never a dull moment.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:06 PM   #27
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:10 PM   #28
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On passage I have phone in pocket and headphones on listening to music.
It also has a countdown timer set for 15 minutes to wake me if nodding off.
Check gauges, look around, back to music.
Every hour walk around for visual check and look in ER.

3 hours later hand over.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:56 PM   #30
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Grateful Dead channel on Sirius XM or internet radio by day: a 3 1/2 hour complete concert makes a nice compliment to a day's cruise or boat work. Whatever is good on Hulu, Acorn, Netflix, Prime, etc. or what our DVR recorded in the past week or so, by night.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:32 PM   #31
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Delfin, you had me at "an adult and interesting discussion". I'm always up for listening to smart people!
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:45 PM   #32
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Delfin, you had me at "an adult and interesting discussion". I'm always up for listening to smart people!
We just find that listening and learning doesn't interfere with window gazing, watch keeping, or instrument watching. Naps, book reading, conversation - they are all part of the intimacy that makes cruising so special. I was just curious how others take advantage of the precious time afloat, so I appreciate the comments.
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Grateful Dead channel on Sirius XM or internet radio by day: a 3 1/2 hour complete concert makes a nice compliment to a day's cruise or boat work. Whatever is good on Hulu, Acorn, Netflix, Prime, etc. or what our DVR recorded in the past week or so, by night.
And I thought I was the only one with the GD channel in first position! Live Dead, San Francisco, 1968. Has the only song written with an 11/4 beat I know of - "The Eleven".

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We just find that listening and learning doesn't interfere with window gazing, watch keeping, or instrument watching. Naps, book reading, conversation - they are all part of the intimacy that makes cruising so special. I was just curious how others take advantage of the precious time afloat, so I appreciate the comments.

Iíve recently discovered podcasts. I listen to them while doing morning dog walks/jogs. I like podcasts that last 45 minutes to an hour. I find that if Iím trying to do something else requiring my brain I donít really listen to the podcast, but I will try to listen to one next time I do a longer passage.

On longer passages when the wind is blowing the steadying sails usually keep me entertained and occupied. I have trouble reading for comprehension when underway because Iím scanning the horizon every 15 seconds it seems.
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Iíve recently discovered podcasts. I listen to them while doing morning dog walks/jogs. I like podcasts that last 45 minutes to an hour. I find that if Iím trying to do something else requiring my brain I donít really listen to the podcast, but I will try to listen to one next time I do a longer passage.

On longer passages when the wind is blowing the steadying sails usually keep me entertained and occupied. I have trouble reading for comprehension when underway because Iím scanning the horizon every 15 seconds it seems.
If you enjoy podcasts, check this one out Cardude.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/226523-ants/

And this one..

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/61/fiasco

I can see the ant wars being played out around our house right now, although I think they are different clans of Carpenter ants, and the Fiasco story of the production of Peter Pan is about as funny as it gets.
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Naps are powerful things on my ride. I can pretty much guarantee that any butt that lands on the futon will be asleep in five minutes. The rumble of the motor at 950 turns does something magical.

When that happens, back to the sat radio.
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I enjoy podcasts and am 'reading' audible books on my 1-3 hr trips. Some of my currrent favorites include
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Lincoln: Team of Rivals and Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power. I'll need to pause it time and again to deal with other pressing issues, but since it's on my Amazon Tap, it only takes a voice command PAUSE or PLAY to control the audio on the stereo.

Of course, there's always music to listen to enroute.
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I enjoy podcasts and am 'reading' audible books on my 1-3 hr trips. Some of my currrent favorites include
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.


Shackelton is one of my favorite people and amazing fortitude.

As for me, I run the boat. The Admiral sets in the sun. Weíre good.
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Doings underway

I pilot the boat, the "copilot" watches me! I intentionally am always taking the boat on and off autopilot, it keeps me alert.
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