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Old 23-06-2015, 06:11   #91
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Re: Solo sailers and sleep reality




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Old 29-06-2015, 17:16   #92
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Sorry for the double post but this guys seems to have found a solution.


Although he was sailing in the outbound lane from Ambrose to Barnegat.
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I found another use for my solar arch 😃

I could perhaps maintain watch without getting out of bed 😉

It might not work so well close hauled but down wind it could be great

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I just returned from a solo passage to Bermuda and back. I would take a careful tour of the deck an hour before dark and pay special attention to the standing and running rigging. This insured that I was confident there were no unnoticed issues when darkness fell. Usually around 11:00pm local time I would scan my horizon with the radar range set on 24 miles, turn the radar off, and head below for a nap. I would leave my AIS on and at the maximum range setting, 10 miles, at all times. I then set an alarm for 60 to 90 minute intervals. When the alarm went off I'd get up on deck to visually scan the horizon and use the spotlight to quickly check the standing and running rigging. I would then make any required course adjustments, take another 24 mile radar scan and return to bed to begin the process all over.
In the proximity of shipping lanes or within 100 miles of landfall I never set the alarm for more than 40 minutes. I usually slept 6 to seven hours each night which was enough for me.
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