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On Just Imagine we had an overlapping watch system at night, and single watches during the day. This way, you had someone to talk to during your watch and help out when needed. The second person would often snooze in the cockpit, but within easy earshot, if you needed their attention. (See the watchkeeping table below)

When you first came on watch, you were in standby mode for the first 2 hours, which allowed you time to wake up, make a cup of coffee, and get your bearings.

At the end of the first 2 hours, you became the primary watch keeper, and a new person came up in standby. The Monitor windvane, or the autopilot did most of the steering, so watchkeeping was pretty easy.

Since "J" (Jayne) elected to do most of the cooking, she chose to stand watch at the same times every day, after dinner and before breakfast.

  0800- 1000- 1200- 1400- 1600- 1800- 2000- 2200- 2400- 0200- 0400- 0600-
EVEN DAYS 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 0200 0400 0600 0800
On watch H S B D H S J B D H S J
Standby Individual watches during day B D H S J B
ODD DAYS                        
On watch B D H S B D J H S B D J
Standby Individual watches during day H S B D J H

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 10-Oct-2008