View Full Version : How do you cruise?

02-28-2006, 12:21 AM
Do you stick to surface running for the most part and ducking out when danger approaches, or do you run deep and only come up to recharge and attack? I prefer the latter.

02-28-2006, 01:02 AM
i don't have the game (yet) but from what i read at the forum it's best to stay submerged when it's day,and in the night go surfaced.

02-28-2006, 02:04 AM
Depends on what year it is and where you're at. But, in general, 1939-late 42 you can get away with cruising on the surface--I do anyway. Just keep a good watch. Of course you'll get bombed by aircraft sometimes depending on where you are. You will get familiar with the "C" button. But once you get into 44 and 45, the snorkel will be your best friend.

Just try the different stratagies and see what happens.



02-28-2006, 04:07 AM

I generally stay on the surface unless
i believe i'm being hunted. Being on the
surface in heavy fog once the enemy have
radar is'nt a good idea though unless you
like being rammed by destroyers.
I have a mod that makes aircraft much more
realistic but i still don't like diving without
a fight http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


02-28-2006, 04:16 AM
On the surface at the moment, Haven't got past the beginning of 1942, so that might change when radar becomes a problem.

02-28-2006, 04:16 AM
Like the other guys say staying on the surface early war is your best bet. Late war once you get a snorkel be prepared not to see the sun for a while!!

Also, if you have just made an attack or series of attacks near the coast its often a good idea during the day to submerge, usually aircraft are not to far away!!

02-28-2006, 05:38 AM
In the campaign for me its August 1941. I stay on the surface when I'm not engaged, but thats probably not a good idea in 1943 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.

02-28-2006, 05:49 AM
I had a hard time with a PBY in Jan 42 and I think I ran into a Clemson who had radar cos he came found me in the dark before I detected him.

I start my next patrol in May 42 after getting boat fixed and replacing my lost crewmates (PBY)and I intend to runs submerged during daylight and recharge at night - 2 many crash dives last patrol.


02-28-2006, 08:46 AM
At night run surfaced and in the daytime it is best to swim with the fish... Thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

02-28-2006, 09:38 AM
It's 1944 and I learned that near the coast of britain you should run 1/3 ahead with snorkel and periscope up. BTW, for those who don't know this, the crew will tell you if there are planes approeaching if you keep the scope up

02-28-2006, 06:39 PM
Per the Uboat Commanders Handbook, I run on the surface when at all possible. I only do soundchecks at dawn and dusk to keep from being surprised in the rapidly changing visibility conditions..

In heavy fog I stay submerged as much as possible. I learned my lesson in this regard playing Silent Service.

After May 1943 it seems I'm spending more and more time submerged, but there still seems to be a fairly large air gap.

02-28-2006, 06:46 PM
With my top down, the gamaphone blasting and my cool Scooby doo sunglasses on, real chick magnet stuff.

02-28-2006, 09:55 PM
Try doing that in 45 and your gramaphone won't be the only thing Blasting!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

03-01-2006, 11:27 AM
Crossing the Bay of Biscay after May 1943 I have been attacked 1 minuted after I surfaced after 14 hours submerged.

03-05-2006, 07:46 PM
Hey, just thought of another Mod for all of you technical buffs. When we have to dive to escape an air attack, ever notice that these planes seem to be able to stay on station for hours? Wonder which clouds have the gas stations? Is it possible for one of the watch officers to track the time since the "attack" and figure out the maximumtime that aircraft could remain overhead. When time's up, poke your head up and continue on.

03-05-2006, 08:03 PM
Surface 24/7 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif, unless its a day attack or close in convoy night attack(for the tankers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).