Originally Posted by kb79
what do you guys think? in a protected bay with no lee shore, good holding ground, a rocna
at 7:1 with all chain, no boats behind us, a dragging alarm
set and 30 to 35 knots of wind
, how often would you get up to check on things?
Since you asked:
My standing orders when working commercially, if winds sustained 25knts and above, we had a permanent anchor
watch on the Bridge and I was informed when they sustained 35knts.
On my own Stargazer, in the conditions you described, when all is secure, I sleep in my cabin
after supper till midnight, while others cleaned up and kept an eye on radar
Then I would take it from Midnight till 7am in my pilothouse …. Reading a book, maintaining a radar/wind watches and rest/snooze with one eye on the radar
gauges for short periods. Always alert for sounds on deck
and ready to act.
In my opinion, setting a GPS anchor alarm
is great and I do that also, but it is not enough to consider everyone going to bed
when you are near gale force winds.
From your bed:
It does not show you a commercial fishing boat
, sliding in beside you in the middle of the night to rest
It does not tell you instantly the direction of the drag, or the speed over the ground, (or if it is a neighbor who is dragging, I have saved a few)
It does not help you determine if squalls or bullets are increasing / any changing direction to signify a possible danger
My Radar runs continually and is set up with offset indexes to show me the safe heading out of any land danger
, so I am always intimately aware of the solution needed
Lastly, you must consider the condition of yourself and the other crew on board after a prolonged few days of gale force winds at anchor.
In those conditions, if you are sleeping…. will they be?
Odds are no, they are a bit scared and will be keeping their own ineffective unofficial watch, because they see you are not.
But if they know that the skipper
has organized safety
watches, then those off watch can rest/sleep a lot better knowing you are managing the situation effectively.
I believe you should train the rest of your crew to understand that safety
watches are part of the adventure.
The great thing about our Pilot House is that I can stretch out comfortably and monitor
all the instruments around me, so it is no big deal to spend the night there and I actually enjoy being there knowing my loved one can sleep safely below.