Having single-handed across an ocean, I donít believe there is anything like a night watch. Night and day become one. I slept for an hour, maybe two at a stretch. Then a quick look around and back the bed. Didnít matter whether it was 3 am or midday. If I was hungry I had a meal. 10 PM or 4AM didnít matter. When I was hungry I made food
. The rest of the time I slept.
I sailed for 5 weeks amongst a world of long-line fishing
boats that ply the seas south of Sri Lanka and Indonesia
. If there are people who think fishing boats are only within ten miles of the coast, youíre dreaming. I sailed amongst dozens of fishing boats 400nm from land and often came on deck
to see lights of five or six of them in my field of view.
Of course that was before AIS but even today, the boats I encountered were too poor to bother with tech that good. They laid line all night and sailed on autopilot
all day back to the radio
beacon at the start of the line with all on board in bed. I sailed close enough to one or two of them to throw beer
cans on their decks and never saw a human being.
If youíre sailing single
handed with todayís tech available, you can probably rely on alarms but one piece of advice
- stay away from the rumb line - thatís where big ships live.