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Old 12-02-2011, 05:34 AM   #15
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i never sleep for more than two to three hours, have a good windvane and electric auto pilot.\
also can set radar alarm , travelling in less congested seas and when doing coastal here try to stay further out. 36 days solo is a mision well done
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:48 PM   #16
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Just an observation on RADAR alarms. At least some units have a guard zone of fairly limited depth of range. Maybe two cables at a 6nm setting
Small or weak targets might not show up until inside the guard zone. Not triggering the alarm.
Maybe an AIS transponder would be just as useful, and consume a lot less power.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:11 PM   #17
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I use both Radar (guard zone) and IAS alarms when solo sailing, especially at night. When sailing in non-congested areas I also set a regular alarm at 20 minute intervals and take a catnap.

In congested areas I do not sleep since distances there are relatively short and I can sleep after arriving.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:41 AM   #18
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In my opinion, you should be answering this question, not asking it.
"36 days from mexican mainland to pearl harbor" solo?
I think you've pretty much done so much more than most on this forum, if not all.
I've only done a few k miles in short bursts & I hate it.
Good on you.
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Solo circumnavigator Pat Henry who wrote of her experiences in Grace of the Sea, told me she could successfully operate by sleeping for 15 minutes in every 20. She had developed the habit and claims she would instantly awaken at every period, go on deck, check the environment, go back below and go back to sleep..instantly.
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Definitely a brave man.
Susan did this four years ago at 72 years of age. A very brave woman!

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:36 AM   #21
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On my circumnavigation I calculated that it would take no more than 12 minutes for a vessel I couldn't see over the horizon, in good weather, at night, from the cockpit to be dangerously close. Once had a military ship do it in less than 1/3 that!
Short cat naps, me thinks?
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I drink rum until I see double then let the other guy take watch.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:52 PM   #23
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I spent 59 days single-handed from Madeira to Cape Town on the alarm every 20 minutes system throughout the night and napped in the cockpit throughout the day.

Apart from two nights when exhaustion in difficult conditions took over and I lay on my bunk and said b*gg*r it, the sytem served me well.

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Hi Graham, did you use an electronic warning system such as radar or AIS during your 'sod it' days? Also you say the conditions were difficult. Did you heave to, tow a drogue, lie a hull, or keep the rags up and use a self steering device?

I'm hoping to single hand from Mexico to the Marquesas (Just want to say 'I've done it') and am always happy to hear first hand from those who have the experience.
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