Cal Massey of Park City, UT, asks:
Jeff and Crew, could you describe a watch, and the typical duties during the watch. What log book entries are made and how often are they recorded?
Jeff Leishman responds:
Hey Cal (Cal is one of our newest Nordhavn 40 owners), I'd be happy to describe our watch procedures.
We run a schedule that I described some time ago at the beginning of our leg, that consists of six 3-hr. watches from 6am to midnight, and three 2-hr. watches from midnight to 6am. We keep the same schedule the whole time, there is no rotation. I find that this works best for me being able to get into a set routine.
Before we began the ATW Jim gave a lot of thought to the actual watch routines. He was unable to find a log book that was acceptable to him from any book stores, so he created a really comprehensive one on his own. At intervals of 1 hr. the watch stander records the following data:
Net amps (tells if your charge rate is keeping up with your dc demand)
Every hour we fill in the blanks and do a visual engineroom check. We look for trouble developing, chafe, weeping fittings or hoses, oil leaks, stuffing box, etc.
Then at noon each day we do a complete inspection of the boat. There is a detailed list of all the inspection points to be checked. For a 24 hr. period the log contains three sheets. I'm sure Jim would be happy to share it with you. In between the hourly sign-in, we read and do things like this e-mail, but we are always in the wheel house. The early morning watchman (Justin) has the added duty of flying fish removal.
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