Danny 'west country' watches have been in use for years - old sailing ship routines! (used extensively on clipper ships and the like for long haul jobs)
Deffinately a good routine for everybody - more work out of the crew during the day and more sleep at night! (less time on watch gives more sleep??)
Geoff - won't be saying that when you grab a loaded and abandoned oil tanker will you?! Mind you don't expect much from a fishing boat - if it was done under the 'Lloyds Open' it's probably more like it belongs to the lifeboats anyway - you were probably doing the job for a fee - just didn't realise it!