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Old 10-06-2017, 07:40 PM   #41
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Who knows how to please me better then me?

Hahaha!
Yea but that rolling over and falling asleep afterwards can be a hazard to safe navigation.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:16 PM   #42
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Haha yall are wrong.
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:54 AM   #43
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"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 ..."

For a sailboat with unlimited range ,Fine,,watch the self steering operate,

BUT most powerboats do not have the fuel for a voyage" day after day or week after week",

OR the required scantlings for extended blue water operation.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:45 AM   #44
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Most folks donít realize that all you have to do to pass the time is cook yourself a nice big meal. Put the boat on autopilot and lay down and take a nice nap.

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Most folks donít realize that all you have to do to pass the time is cook yourself a nice big meal. Put the boat on autopilot and lay down and take a nice nap.

https://youtu.be/mtZJ__8PVDU
Isnt that what Joshua Slocum did when sailing around the world?

One of those must read books for cuisers so many people suggest......
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:25 AM   #46
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"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 ..."

For a sailboat with unlimited range ,Fine,,watch the self steering operate,

BUT most powerboats do not have the fuel for a voyage" day after day or week after week",

OR the required scantlings for extended blue water operation.
Here's an idea .... how about keeping a proper lookout no matter how long or short the voyage?
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May be just me but I find that during the day it gets boring on open water and I read, listen to tapes or talk. Been known to work on the computer and even small repairs. By open water in this context means deep water a mile or more from land and rarely another boat. In this situation I can see another boat 15 minutes before any close approach.

At night it is different, too many things to check to ever get bored. Need to keep watching the water directly in front of the boat, the radar, the chart plotter, the gauges, the lights of other boats etc. I am usually tired after a three hour watch in the dark.
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Many definitions of a proper lookout...

Even the colregs add "by all means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions"....so it is not an absolute.
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:40 PM   #49
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I was never much of a reader until a couple of years ago when I got a Kindle Fire. Now I use it to download books for free through my local library and an online library called Overdrive.


Since I got it I've read about 350 books...all for free...and I can just delete them when I'm done with them.


When cruising I usually keep one eye on the course ahead and one eye reading.
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Proper lookout doesn't mean that's 100% all you do. It's easy to stand a proper look out.... Relax.
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Proper lookout doesn't mean that's 100% all you do. It's easy to stand a proper look out.... Relax.
Guess it is defined differently in the US Navy.
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My open water watch standing comments may be a result of how few (almost never) fast boats we see offshore. At more normal cruising speeds we can spot a boat that may come close at 5 miles or more. At 7 kts for both it takes 15 minutes to close. Plenty of time.

The freighters are faster of course, but they are rarely on the same or intercepting course of the pleasure boats. When they are we watch them like hawks. I am thankful for AIS.
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Guess it is defined differently in the US Navy.
No, that's called improper look out. I said it's not hard to stand a proper lookout, never said no such thing as an improper lookout.
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I never get bored while under way. I am doing an instrument scan, checking for traffic, listening to the VHF, keeping track of position etc... I may check in with TF, do some research on something with the boat, etc... I donít read as I get too engrossed and it isnít conducive to keeping an adequate watch.

12 hours under way, no problem. I love it.
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With Murphy alarm gauges its lots easier to stand a watch , as viewing the engine instruments is not required.

Lots easier for guests too, as most know to call the captain with the Esso Maru fills the windscreen ,

but not how hot the tranny temp should be.
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Trade off taking naps with my wife.
Who do you trade off with?
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My open water watch standing comments may be a result of how few (almost never) fast boats we see offshore. At more normal cruising speeds we can spot a boat that may come close at 5 miles or more. At 7 kts for both it takes 15 minutes to close. Plenty of time.

The freighters are faster of course, but they are rarely on the same or intercepting course of the pleasure boats. When they are we watch them like hawks. I am thankful for AIS.
The freighters are faster????
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The freighters are faster????
Can't speak to what Bay Pelican was describing, but...

Around here, many of the freighters can often beat us for speed, even when we're on plane. They usually go by us at somewhere between 16-22 kts in the open Bay... so if we're puttering along at 7 knots, yep, they're much faster.

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Any one have a piano on board to occupy their time?
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Any one have a piano on board to occupy their time?
We have a keyboard and background music and karaoke equipment.
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