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Old 08-11-2019, 08:29 AM
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Default Ever fallen asleep while driving a boat?

Can happen in most any vehicle type.

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08-12-2019, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Sittin' Low View Post
When I mated on a tuna boat in high school I nodded off after a 3 day overnight tuna trip. Nap lasted about 5 minutes until I woke up to a slap across the head. Never happened again.
its so easy to fall asleep after mating.
Old 08-11-2019, 08:44 AM
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:35 AM
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I was taught "unofficially" when flying alone on autopilot always set an alarm. It happens.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:27 AM
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Sometimes I'm on the river at 3am in my duck boat. I'm usually so excited that I probably couldn't fall asleep if I tried!
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Originally Posted by 1breakinit View Post
I think he had a stuck "Actuator", time to recall the boat and engines.
Old 08-12-2019, 04:43 AM
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I definitely dozed off flying long missions in the Apache... Get a lil' rhythmic vibration from an out of whack rotor blade in a warm cockpit and its a fight with the Z monster after several hours of that.... Two pilot AC though
Old 08-12-2019, 04:57 AM
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:18 AM
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There were a few times I found myself nodding off while coming in from offshore fishing here in east central florida. The run in was sometimes 25 miles or so, so it would take around an hour to get in after getting up at 4:30am I guess it was nap time.
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Boat naps are the best naps on the planet.

When I graduated from college in 97, my best friend, our two girlfriends and my parents rented a 40ft sail boat and did a one-way, week long charter form Miami to Key West. My friend used to run the sailing program for Boy Scout sailing camp down during the summers from late high school through college so he knew the waters pretty well. All 6 of us were pretty well experienced boaters and sailors.

So on like the second or third day we had a long-er run between stops, probably around Tavernier or something, it was kinda on the hot side of warm and lightly blowing out of the south so we couldn't run up the canvas and we were just motoring down the inner channel. We got up early and around after a lunch stop, we were motoring along and the two girls were up front and started napping quickly. My mom and dad were reading books in the cockpit lounge and also quickly dosed off. So it's about 85, light breeze, blue bird skies and and a number very cold beers throughout the day, slow, light rolls, rigging gently clanging on the mast, diesel quietly chugging along with that rhythmic hum, boat on auto pilot and my friend and I sitting in the two wing seats off the back railing taking turns correcting the nav with our feet, chiling out with something on the radio.

..........next thing I know there is a slight bump to the boat and my friend and I sit bolt upright, the keel kind of grazes the side of the channel as we are motoring along and Eric and I, CLEARLY very asleep are all "whoah! all good, all good!!" and my parents, who is facing aft, wake up also and my dad sits up also and says what happened?

We were like ".....nothing....!" My mom slowly lifts her glasses and says "....ok...how long were we asleep??" and "...uh....only a few minutes", "..yeah right" and goes back to sleep.

Eric and I looked at the nav screen and it had to have been a solid 30 minutes, probably 45.... slowly chugging away in the breeze, head back deadass asleep. Luckily it was a nice straight stretch of the channel.

Boat naps are the best naps.
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Sometimes our run back from offshore is 3 full hours, everybody sleeps in bean bags and sometimes I have really struggled to stay awake driving, 1 reason I don't have an autopilot, I know I would nod off then.
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Nothing better than the drone of a motor and the warm sun on ones face to help cure insomnia.
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I never have a problem in the boat ......... it’s in the truck! My tow home is 45 minutes to an hour and I struggle to stay awake sometimes.
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The one time I felt sleepy is when my passengers all fell asleep on the way back. I have a smallish boat so from time to time we gets tossed around by yachts' wake; that's the only thing that kept me awake.
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Had a buddy that ran a longline rig steaming in at 8 knots from 150 offshore with the autopilot set on the inlet. He dosed off and piled up on the beach about 200 yards east of the inlet, boat was later salvaged
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I fell asleep driving a ski boat pulling a team of skiers at a theme park at my last job.
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Yes. I was trolling some ballyhoo in flat calm waters. Not much action and I was kicked back in the seat with feet up on the wheel to maintain steering. It was the definition of serenity, and I must have dozed off. I was awoken by a loud "Pfffffffffft!" sound. A pod of dolphins had cruised up along side the boat. I thanked them for waking me back up, then trolled on home.
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Departing West End, Bahamas, I set the autopilot for Lake Worth outer buoy. During the journey, I nodded off (fell asleep) at the wheel and woke up about 1 mile from the buoy. Not a proud moment for sure but lucky, yes.
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Originally Posted by Gmack View Post
I never have a problem in the boat ......... it’s in the truck! My tow home is 45 minutes to an hour and I struggle to stay awake sometimes.
Didn't completely fall asleep but after a long day of spearfishing (12 hours) I did nod off at a stoplight on the way home..
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When I mated on a tuna boat in high school I nodded off after a 3 day overnight tuna trip. Nap lasted about 5 minutes until I woke up to a slap across the head. Never happened again.
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Originally Posted by Sittin' Low View Post
When I mated on a tuna boat in high school I nodded off after a 3 day overnight tuna trip. Nap lasted about 5 minutes until I woke up to a slap across the head. Never happened again.
its so easy to fall asleep after mating.
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