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Old 12-03-2007, 03:49   #1
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Splish splash,I was taking a nap.

Just a thought"I don't have many "I've been known to sleep walk,havent we all,but that could be a mortal problem aboard.Any thoughts funny or even serio on the problem?I would imagine if someone really suffered bad from this problem and loved the life would need to sleep with a short lifeline attached at all times.Mudnut.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:39   #2
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Never worried about the sleep walk scenario but a few years back mid afternoon, easing down the Portuguese coast with spinnaker up, and both Sue and I supposedly 'on watch'.

We'd had had a boozy late night previous, so no surprises when I saw Sues eyelids droop as she dozed off. I plonked the boat onto autopilot to read a book.

Three hours later she woke to find me eqaully fast asleep - 25 miles further on. I obviously followed her into the land of nod....with spinnaker still up and drawing.

V V lucky we were offshore, seas empty, and the weather stayed stable........and a lesson learnt about ensuring who's on watch STAYS WIDE AWAKE by whatever means required!

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John,do you remember the book,title and auther?,I'll want to keep that one of my reading list at sea.Hee Hee.Mudnut.
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It was "Teach Yourself World Diplomacy, Tact and Tolerance" by Tony Blair
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It was "Teach Yourself World Diplomacy, Tact and Tolerance" by Tony Blair
With a foreward by George W. Bush, as annotated by Usama bin Ladin ...

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I have a friend who is lucky to still be among us, after a nap on his sailboat a few years back. He was single-handing his little sloop, in light winds on a summer's day. In sight of land, the winds dropped off, faded to nothing. He figures "what the hell, might as well relax, that's why I'm out here", opens a bottle of something, has a drink, eventually falls asleep on the deck. And he's using his PFD as a pillow. Can you see this one coming? Somewhere on the other side of a few ZZZ's, the wind came back. Suddenly. The boat pretty much took off on it's own, rolling him right off the deck into the drink. And the PFD stayed aboard.

With the wind pushing him offshore faster than he could swim against it, he ended up in the water for about an hour before somebody noticed a little sloop with no sailor, put 2 + 2 together, and started looking for a little sailor with no sloop! He wouldn't have lasted much longer. But now he's got a story to tell!
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Bet there are lots of us who have fallen asleep in the cockpit on a hot summer's day, even when there is wind and the boat is sailing well. Makes a case for wearing a safety harness but none of us do unless we leave the cockpit to go for'd. Having done a lot of my sailing singlehanded hearing a story like Gator's makes me realise how complacent we can get and how immortal we think we are. I still won't wear a harness in the cockpit, unless its rough though. I only started wearing a life jacket a couple of years ago when my new wife insisted.
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You people are scaring me a bit here,I was talking about sleep walking while at anchor.What you have all described is falling asleep at the "wheel" so to say.Dunkers,Are you saying "The old wife didn't insisted?<GR>Very entertaining folks,please,there must be more stories of this nature.Mudnut.
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Mudnut, my old wife would have liked me to wear an experimental concrete lifejacket and to test it - just once
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Mudnut, my old wife would have liked me to wear an experimental concrete lifejacket and to test it - just once
Just once?.........
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You people are scaring me a bit here,I was talking about sleep walking while at anchor.What you have all described is falling asleep at the "wheel" so to say.Dunkers,Are you saying "The old wife didn't insisted?<GR>Very entertaining folks,please,there must be more stories of this nature.Mudnut.
My girlfriend is a sleep walker at times. She has been told that in most instances a sleep walker will not open a door. They will try to go around things in their way though. You might want to put in hatch boards to help reduce your worry.

Of course if you are sleeping on the foredeck that won't help much.
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Once would have been enough - "Oops that didn't work, oh well back to the drawing board. Better get the divers down to pick up the body!"
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My girlfriend is a sleep walker at times. She has been told that in most instances a sleep walker will not open a door. They will try to go around things in their way though.
As a kid, maybe up to about 12 years old, I was a terrible sleepwalker. Kept my mom scared to death. Doors and stairs were no problem. I generally stayed in the house, but sometimes would be found outside, even out in the barn (grew up on a farm). I would not only open doors, but would close them behind me. Of course, I never knew much about it, but would just get to hear the stories at breakfast about what I had done the night before. By the time I was in high school, the whole sleepwalking thing was gone. I've always wondered about the hows and whys of that!
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As a kid, maybe up to about 12 years old, I was a terrible sleepwalker. Kept my mom scared to death. Doors and stairs were no problem. I generally stayed in the house, but sometimes would be found outside, even out in the barn (grew up on a farm). I would not only open doors, but would close them behind me. Of course, I never knew much about it, but would just get to hear the stories at breakfast about what I had done the night before. By the time I was in high school, the whole sleepwalking thing was gone. I've always wondered about the hows and whys of that!
Guess that shoots that theory dead. Maybe medical restraints might help.
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Guess that shoots that theory dead. Maybe medical restraints might help.
I think it just says what we all really know - everybody and every situation is a little different. I don't think I'd take a known sleepwalker on a cruise unless they would consent to some sort of restraint. And then that would be dangerous in event of emergency, would it not? I guess you can come up with some kind of pickle to get yourself in, in just about any set of circumstances, if you think about it hard enough!
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