Today i built Navy bunks on the Western Flyer’ s main cabin just in time for my first two crew members to settle in. Fortunately there are only four of us on this adventure so no need for hot bunking. Hot bunking is where we assign more than one crew member to a bed or “rack” to reduce berthing (sleeping) space.
This practice dates back to at least the sixteenth century, and today it is particularly applied aboard submarines, where maximization of space is especially important. Generally, the lowest ranking members of the crew are required to hot rack. The term comes from the military slang use of the term “rack” for a bed or bunk.
So what do you think?
Its much easier to get one Navy and one Merchant Marine to sleep in the same if you make them think they have their own bunk.
Yesterday evening Adam and I took the Western Flyer out for sea trials to dial in the autopilot. First he did some circles while the boats gyro figured itself out, then it zigged and zagged its way until finally the fifth crew member that will do the bulk of the steering knew where it was and how to steer a straight course.
The lower helm is a fixed mounted autopilot, and the upper helm is a handheld. This morning everything is now stored and projects are all completed. We’re only just waiting on the Hooter girlsnow. So, If a woman with large breasts works at Hooters, then where does a woman with one leg work? IHOP!”
At least give me a smile!