You are exactly right about leaving the helm for this exercise. I was single handed for a good portion of my 2018 season and got caught more than once not starting the genset in time. It created unnecessary excitement. Now, when going into a new harbor, I begin the process before getting to the first marker to allow enough time. It is much easier with crew on board as that is a top training activity, and they are responsible for setting it up.
John W. Clanton
A55, No. 65
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