Crew dynamics are undoubtedly affected by the comfort of watch duties. Both Pelagics take paying guests, sometimes with a lifetime of sailing behind them, sometimes with none. Everyone is expected to participate in round-the-clock watches while sailing offshore, and it is easy to see which would be the more popular experience. Watches on Pelagic usually entail a rotation: one outside, one in the doghouse and one at the nav station below watching the radar. There isn't much scope within that system to chat, put the world to rights, discuss politics, religion, business, favourite food (why does it always come to that?), nor are those off watch, down below, able to really see what is going on above. Conversely, on Pelagic Australis, the pilothouse is the centre of everything. To go from the cabins to the saloon requires a passage through the nav area, invariably a chat with the on watch, a quick glance at the sails, the radar, the chart – how many miles to go? The on watch is on high alert, ready and dressed, lifejackets on, for any eventuality that requires them on deck at a moment's notice. At the same time, they are able to sit, chat, drink tea and talk through manoeuvres before going out to put the theory into practice.