Originally Posted by belizesailor
I think in relative bearing degrees and then translate that into whatever I think will work depending on who I am talking too....sometimes its best just to point.
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For me its always been points, but thats cos what I have been used to for over 30 years at sea.
I still use the word "whereaway" when someone on the bridge says they have spotted something. Usually answered with silence at night, or a blank stare during the day.
On the sail boat, I'd just ask whoever had spotted some thing to wave their arm about in the general direction.