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Lookout Positions: are posted at the discretion of the boat captain. Naturally, they should be complete with each lookout covering a definite sector. Never leave a sector unguarded especially when picking up prisoners. Lookouts must report all things seen and get an acknowledgement (“Very Well”) from the conning officer. Repeat the report until you do get an acknowledgement. Everyone on the boat should practice “distance judging” both night and day. Compare your guesses with the charted distances of buoys or points of land. Remember, the enemy may attack or that challenges often come from abaft the beam. That is because he usually sees your wake before he sees your boat. Do not concentrate attention on flares. Flares are dropped to silhouette your. The attack will likely come from the direction 180 degrees from the flares. Cover all sectors.
Vents: Not to be used as cleats. Straining fenders and lines secured to them will rip them off easily. Stuffing rags and clothes in them will make them useless, especially in the engine room. Engines, like men, need air.
Dead Lights: Are the ports which give light below decks and cannot be opened. Heavy objects dropped on them, such as gun barrels and magazines, will crack the glass and induce serious leaks in the overhead. Lacking replacement, use Plexiglas cut from chart house ports. Since these ports are usually boarded up to insure blackout, the Plexiglas can be removed and made to serve many such useful purposes.