Originally Posted by Capt J
I agree that a second person should usually be there, more so at night then the daytime. However, in that position I had 1 person scheduled at the helm and there almost always was a second person awake and keeping the person company. Sometimes on the smaller yachts you just don't have the crew to do that. Honestly to run a two person watch and everyone to get enough time off (which is also a rule when running multiple days) you'd need a crew of 6 of which on some of the smaller yachts you don't have the bunks for or funds. On a USCG documented pleasure vessel, I would assume what the USCG states for manning purposes would be the one to follow.
I agree, I was just pointing out an issue, and the USCG 8th district sees things differently from 5th and 7th district as well as IMO. As far as that goes, it only applies to vessels operating on a COI. What matters to a pleasure boat is what is written in the rules and how a jury is convinced to interpret that. I run single handed and 2 person crew on smaller (<75') boats frequently, it just carries a higher risk.