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Old 04-28-2008, 05:30 AM   #1
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I'd love to hear from any of your computer geeks out there that have a good way of making watch lists on the computer, we have 8 on board and would like at least one of them to earn it's keep!

I will post a short notice about our upcoming RTW trip in the next few days when we get the name registered.

My names Ian and the boat is a north west trawler style 96 feet overal and heading first to Alaska from Seattle.

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Welcome aboard. Good to have you here.

8 computors on board - you running your office at sea?
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:20 AM   #3
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HI IAN

The topic heading had 5 crew covering 24 hrs ( then you mention 8 on board - is the 8 , a number of watch times ??)

In 1889, The New York Times published a new system of watch keeping which was devised for a Captain plus 4 Officers :- open it Here

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Ah, an early application of the three watch system.

The White Star Line may have been innovative but it did not help their ship, R.M.S. Titanic.

Interestingly the article says, "With a yell, the officer shouts to the helmsman "port" or it may be "starboard"......Another second and the great ship is either safe or sinking beneath the waves". How prophetic. This article from 2008 almost describes what happened four years later on the night of 14th April 1912 when at 23:40 (ship's time) the great liner struck an iceberg.

But this is off topic.

Getting back to the question raised by "fuzzflyer", with a crew of eight, I would have three watches, two persons per watch. The other two would be "daymen" looking after the tasks to be done during "normal" hours such as cooking, cleaning etc. and being available to be called out if heavier work is to be done at night. The six watchkeepers I would have doing four on - eight off. Pretty bog standard watchkeeping routine but it works.

When heavy weather or intense cold is encountered I would have the two "daymen" chip in and take a dog watch between 03:00 and 05:00 to make he night and morning watches a little shorter.

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