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Old 10-05-2017, 09:30 PM   #21
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Is it coupled to a get-home prop?



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Wish it was coupled up.

Coulda used it last May for sure...

Either that or to turn the blades in the pina colada machine.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:46 PM   #22
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I have done some really long solo trips when I had a sailboat. Germany to Florida. Far away at sea there is not a lot to deal with except the weather and some maintenance. Close to shore I stayed pretty busy just running the boat.

I always thought it would be fun to share these adventures with someone. For whatever reason that never happened.

I passed the time listening to the radio and talking on the ham radio. I read a lot and studied navigation. I had a lot of charts that I studied and day dreamed about all the far away places I wanted to go. Part of those years I had my dog Bismark with me. He never said much but he was a good listener. I had a line in the water to fish a lot of the time.

It takes a bit of time to disconnect from the pace of life on shore. I never realized how stressful day to day normal life was until I made some long trips on the boat. After a while, what I though about, and what was important changed. To the extent I could I rested at night and was up at day light. I began to look at the stars, pay attention to the weather, and listen to the sounds of the boat. All the sights and sounds of the city slowly faded into someplace in my memory and lost there importance.

Sailing the boat around close to shore there was less time to relax. Always on lookout. I had an autopilot and would not own a boat of any sort without one. Yes, sometimes I steer the boat by hand, but not for long. I made a trip up the inter-coastal waterway from Florida to North Carolina and enjoyed watching the world go by. Plenty to keep me busy on that trip.

There is always something that needs fixing on a boat. Generally sooner that later I found myself having to work on something I could not put off.

I find it extremely important to have a very comfortable place to sit down while running a boat. That place needs to be out of the weather. I had a pilothouse boat and could never understand how those other people I saw in rain gear hunkered down in the cockpit could stand it.I ran my engine a lot so there was not much difference from a trawler except a little slower.

It was funny about long ocean trips...I was always in a hurry for it to be over the last day or so and started missing it a day or two after I was back on land.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:53 PM   #23
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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.
Now that is my idea of what is fun to do on a boat!!! When you are short a man give me a call. I actually even know how to fish!!
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:06 AM   #24
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Since I don't have autopilot, I'm pretty busy steering, looking for floating things, and working with my wife to keep track of where we are on the chart in case the electronics go out. Add some decent waves to the mix and I'm pretty much maxed. Sometimes tired but never bored.
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:03 AM   #25
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a meal. Or just watch the passing sea.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:45 AM   #26
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Wifey B: Guests. Especially younger as in upper teens and 20 something girls. Music. Talking. Adequate breaks. Snacking. Cooking. Eating. Watching television. Posting on TF. Surfing net. Misbehaving with hubby.

If you have enough of the right people, even 50+ hour crossings are never boring. If just two of you, then music and singing for us is big, plus just talking, even letting our fantasies go wild. Thinking of next places to go. Oh, Phone. Catching up with others on it. Haven't been bored yet.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:25 AM   #27
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Either that or to turn the blades in the pina colada machine.

Ah. Not a bad alternative!

Although I'm usually in the camp where if a drink has more than two ingredients, it's way too much trouble. And ice is an ingredient.

Still, harnessing pedal power for something else that's also useful... could be a marketing opportunity. Get-home? Blender? Fan? Generator (and any number of AC or DC devices)?



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Old 10-06-2017, 09:20 AM   #28
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:06 AM   #29
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Very straightforward answer for me on long trips...

hand steer.

It also prevents sea sickness for your guests if they are so-inclined.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:17 PM   #30
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Trade off taking naps with my wife.
I'm wondering who you trade with for those the naps with your wife

Running the boat is often a full-time job if there's any weather. Also up here we have lobster buoys to keep us focused on steering.

Switching off helm watch is a great way to keep everyone's sanity. Off watch, you can do anything from cleaning, cooking and maintenance tasks, to just relaxing and watching the scenery. Music helps, just have a way to mute it quickly if something urgent comes over the radio, or there's a sudden odd noise.

Having a routine helps. I do engine room checks hourly. That probably sounds excessive to some, but it really saved my skin once. I'm pretty diligent about it now, if I'm going any distance.

Believe it or not, having a favorite snack handy helps. We'll promise ourselves not to get into the snacks before 10. That gives us something to look forward to all morning. Pretty soon we're preparing and eating lunch. If we're still underway in the afternoon, that mid-afternoon break holds us over until it's time to start thinking about dinner. Again, having a routine (and something to look forward to) is the trick.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:19 PM   #31
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Wifey B: Guests. Especially younger as in upper teens and 20 something girls...Misbehaving with hubby.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:32 PM   #32
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Wifey B: That's my job. Seriously, bringing younger people into your lives, spending time around them, they bring so much energy. And I love their attitudes.

One other thing that happens with us sometimes is typically someone or some two will decide to really go all out with a fancy dinner preparation. They might spend hours in the galley when if we were at a marina we'd be out doing things.

We even do karaoke on long trips.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #33
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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?
If three hours on a boat bores you, perhaps boating isn't the best hobby for you.

To get real, most of us run the boat for much of the day and then do something like go ashore and explore towns or anchor and explore in our dinghies. We aren't motoring day after day, week after week. Each day is a new adventure.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:41 PM   #34
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Wifey B: That's my job. Seriously, bringing younger people into your lives, spending time around them, they bring so much energy. And I love their attitudes.
I could not agree more! Seriously, all kidding aside.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:46 PM   #35
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If three hours on a boat bores you, perhaps boating isn't the best hobby for you.

To get real, most of us run the boat for much of the day and then do something like go ashore and explore towns or anchor and explore in our dinghies. We aren't motoring day after day, week after week. Each day is a new adventure.
Good point. Our most recent cruising in terms of how many hours a day on the days we moved. 4, 11, 8, 7, 7, 7, 8, 4, 7, 5, 6, 3, 8, 4, 11, 9, 13, 7, 6, 4, 7, 2, 6, 9, 8, 6, 2, 10, 4, 7, 10, 10, 3, 5, 4, 11, 8, 2, 10, 4, 3, 3, 3, 6, 2, 6, 10.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:07 PM   #36
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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?
I would hope that whomever was at the helm was keeping a proper lookout ... that's one way to pass the time on a long voyage... say after day ... week after week ...
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:27 PM   #37
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Ah yes, the perfect USCG world....
I do believe the helmsman must not have any other duties other than guiding the boat verifying it is being operated in a safe manner.
The lookout shall not be distracted from his duties, watching for approaching traffic or hazards.

How many folks carry the black ball?
Based upon the size, I think if I hoisted one, my boat would become top heavy, roll over and show the world its red bottom. SHRUG
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:55 PM   #38
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When I drove always had satellite radio to keep those 600 plus miles a day entertaining.

I know on a boat maybe the same. Ill play with the ham radio as well I feel.
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Some of the above, but if alone, i guess it's just playing with yourself.
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Some of the above, but if alone, i guess it's just playing with yourself.
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