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Old 02-18-2009, 05:42 PM   #15
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But we got a nice idea by some Englishmen years ago: the nibble box!
You mean this is not standard practice around the world?

Looks like this could be another great British invention!
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You mean this is not standard practice around the world?
Well, this special practice we did not know.

It did not come to our mind - we held it more the way of how most TV-viewers use the commercial breaks to re-provision for the next half hour . So, we have been going below searching the lockers for chocolate bars or cookies while on watch, disturbing the off watch and then eating the whole thing... and the same procedure again an hour later...

Systematically preparing a watertight box we took with us in the cockpit with many small goodies (and not just sweets) was new and much more practical.

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Systematically preparing a watertight box we took with us in the cockpit with many small goodies (and not just sweets) was new and much more practical.

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Oh, gosh. The nibble box! Yes. We nibble our way through like there's no tomorrow. It seems the appetite while sailing is huge! Also--making sure there's plenty of water at hand for the watch-keeper OR a thermos of hot tea when it's chilly is nice.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:41 AM   #18
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Also--making sure there's plenty of water at hand for the watch-keeper OR a thermos of hot tea when it's chilly is nice.
... and then these hot water bottles out of rubber stuck into the foul weather gear ... wow. No problem any more sailing day and night even on the North Sea...

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:38 AM   #19
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On our last trip over a period of 6 days, we tried the old "tried and true method of 3 hours on and three off" we found that in our advancing age bracket we just could not handle it anymore, tried a variation over the next two nights, in the end we found that one hour on and one hour off worked a treat. After one hour on watch we were getting sa little tired and found it easy to drop off for an hour, wake up refreshed for about another hour then back to sleep, we kept this routine in the hours of darkness and then during daylight back to the old 4 hours on and 4 hours off. Worked for us.
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No apologies for suggesting that a watch keeping schedule has to take into consideration the following:-

Location

Shipping lanes

The local time of the year

Night and Day

Communication equipment on board

The Weather

How many crew available

Crews' experience and ability

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Clear understood Guidelines for the watch keeper - eg: when to call the skipper

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Old 03-31-2009, 11:40 AM   #21
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I like the 3 on 6 off watch system with 3 crew or teams. The watches naturally rotate so no one has the late night/early morning watch each day. The person coming on at 6 pm cooks the evening meal before starting their watch and the one coming off cleans up and does the dishes. Breakfast and lunch are kept simple and usually everyone makes their own when they are hungry.

On the last boat I sailed on both of the owners were Yachtmasters so while one would take a spot in the watch rotation the other would not have a set watch but was on standby all the time in case the sails needed to be reefed or there was a problem or question. This meant the person in the watch rotation could sleep for their off watch without having to get up for anything. They would rotate who was on standby on each passage.
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attached are some of the crew rosters I have used/come across on delivery work
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I have done some watch systems at:

http://www.happywarrior.org/watches.pdf

The two crew one stolen from this forum! Since my only multi-day sail was from England to Portugal I can't pretend to have that much experience. So comments welcome.
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Thanks, everyone, for the watch schedules! Sailing as a couple alone, we used 4 on/4 off until we got into some weather and then had to go to 2 on/2 off because we had to muscle it with heavy following seas that overwhelmed the autopilot and would slew her aft around if the helmsman wasn't careful. I like the 3 on/3off at night, I think that might work better -- 4 hours can be a very long time in the wee hours.

We're going back to sea with our son, now, who is old enough to stand daylight watches, we will probably use him for dogwatches to stagger our own schedules, and thanks for the idea. I would not want to put him on more than 2H at a time, and better it be at a time when one parent is awake below, cooking or doing other useful stuff. It's a little scary, but it's a labor of love.
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