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Old 12-03-2015, 10:19   #31
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

Sometimes only an ice cold beer will do...
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I'm ex-Royal Navy...

We got a tot of rum and 2 beers a day..

Trust that Rum is Pusser`s old sport !
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:10   #33
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

I don't drink while on a passage. I more than make up for it at anchor, though.

My crew will sometimes have a glass of wine or beer with dinner offshore if the conditions are calm; as captain, I don't.
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

In benign conditions we meet on deck for sundowners to toast the day and thank God for another day.
It is not always benign! We never notice because we are too busy then.
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

My longest non-stop offshore passage was 11 days, with some 6-9 day passages as well. Most of the time we were semi-dry, i.e. weather/sea state permitting we would crack open a beer or two or split a bottle of wine 4 ways. On cold cloudy days we would do a few small shots of tequila to lift one's spirits and help digestion so to speak. But never to the point of "night out drinking". I guess self-control and the need for clear head take over once you're out of sight of land for a while. Overnight safe anchorages or marina stops were always another story though.

PS Once we were stuck in KW for a weekend waiting out contrary winds. 3 of 5 of the crew were returning from bar hopping and one of them dropped a whole six pack while passing it from the dinghy. In the morning we made him dive for it and he actually recovered 3 bottles.
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

In my days in The Danish Navy we were completely dry when underway. When I was in the merchant fleet however, well a totally different story....
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

On a long passage I think if you got becalmed for a day or two and decided not to motor, it'd be really nice to have some beers or other beverages around to pass the time.
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Also, even a beer can instigate sea sickness or make it dramatically worse, and once it's there it's tough to get rid of! So if you're prone, best to abstain. Fortunately, I am not, but unwary guests have been!


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Funny thing is for a lot of people, me for instance one beer on the way out going fishing would really help me from getting queasy, a beer and some saltines. I've never been to the throwing up point, but queasy isn't fun either, I haven't gotten queasy on the sailboat yet.


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Funny thing is for a lot of people, me for instance one beer on the way out going fishing would really help me from getting queasy, a beer and some saltines. I've never been to the throwing up point, but queasy isn't fun either, I haven't gotten queasy on the sailboat yet.


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Ya, beer doesn't make me queasy. When I was with the CG, their was quite a bit of drinking going on. We tended to go out for long stretches, especially in the winter when Ice breaking. I certainly don't remember any body ever skipping the nightly beers for inclement weather.

I'm in no way suggesting here that drinking on a yacht with a small crew drink, we would some times run with over 40 crew on ice breakers- so there were a lot more people to respond to an emergency.

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Funny thing is for a lot of people, me for instance one beer on the way out going fishing would really help me from getting queasy, a beer and some saltines. I've never been to the throwing up point, but queasy isn't fun either, I haven't gotten queasy on the sailboat yet.


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I find that a can of beer when queasy helps... or Coca Cola.. the Fizz makes me burp which ease's things greatly.
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

Day sails and longer cruises have different requirements.

Daysails, has a looser regimen. As long as the guests don't get so high that they can't safely move around the boat. But distance cruising, Skylark's rules, such as they are, are that the watch (both of them) have to be sober and no drinking on watch. Off watch as the third or fourth substitute, one can have a beer or two.

If the conditions are such that the whole crew maybe called up, then no drinking at all.
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I find that a can of beer when queasy helps... or Coca Cola.. the Fizz makes me burp which ease's things greatly.
Boatman queasy!

No way. I don't believe it. Not him. Nope.
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Re: Long distance Sailing. With or without alcohol?

Really?! That's very interesting that some people would react so differently, and that it seems relatively common either way. The guests of mine who it has happened to say the alcohol enhanced the general feeling of vertigo, contributing to the nausea. On other trips with the same conditions, they've abstained and haven't suffered. For my part, I rarely get seasick, but I often had a bout of landsickness after bareboat chartering. A couple of beers and I was falling over - and no it's not my tolerance!


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Underway, however, CatNirvana is a dry ship. With guests on board, they are free to indulge at will, but the Captain will always be very sober when we're moving.
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This is another weird but quite strong cultural difference between the USA and the Rest Of The World.

The USA, afaik, has never had beer, rum etc on its naval ships but all other cultures have. In fact mutinies have occurred when the rum ration was cut...
Actually, alcohol wasn't banned on US Navy ships until 1914. It was part of the Prohibition movement that resulted in the Constitutional Amendment in 1919.

These days, I believe that, US sailors now are entitled to two beers if they are at sea for 45 days.
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