Originally Posted by Polwart
I'm not saying it is right to sail round the world without keeping a "proper" lookout, but equally I think it would be sad if compliance with this rule prevented the adventure / personal challenge that is singlehanded endurance sailing.
I believe they mitigate this risk by only sleeping for 20 minutes at a time; which together with radar ensures that it is very unlikely that there is anyone who presents a collision risk whilst they are not actually maintaining a lookout.
I'm not aware of any singlehanded round the world skipper colliding with anyone as a result of not keeping a proper lookout. As I understand it they will tend to maintain a constant lookout in any busy areas, which is possibly better than some ships!
Ok, so this is obviously a subject on which people will have differing opinions BUT a rule is a rule & this rule applies to "all vessels upon the high seas & in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels".
A watchkeeper on a merchant vessel is required to have a minimum of 10 hours of rest in a 24 hour period, one portion of this rest must be for a minimum of 6 hours, radar is a navigation aid & even with guard zones set up it may not detect everything. Radar is simply just one of the "all available means appropriate". A busy area is hard to define, but the rules do not differentiate between busy & quiet areas, hence the stipulation that a proper lookout must be kept at ALL times. Collisions are by there very nature caused by a chain of events leading up to the collision.
The logic that a single handed round the world skipper has not yet collided with anyone is illogical as the lapse of time during which this has not happened is in this logic alleged as a reason why it should never happen even when the lapse of time during which it has not happened would probably make such an event imminent?