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beresford
09-29-2005, 03:11 PM
How do you set a watch when running with the snorkel? I guess in real life an officer would be manning the Observation periscope. All that seems to happen in this game is you suddenly hear depth charges exploding.

beresford
09-29-2005, 03:11 PM
How do you set a watch when running with the snorkel? I guess in real life an officer would be manning the Observation periscope. All that seems to happen in this game is you suddenly hear depth charges exploding.

W.Irving
09-29-2005, 03:40 PM
Yeah. You should be able to assign a member of the crew to either of the periscopes for watch duty - whenever. It's bloody annoying laying submerged, planning to attack that convoy of T3's ahead of you when an escort suddenly rams you from behind.

V-MAN2404
09-29-2005, 03:57 PM
Yes it's very frustrating when you get attacked with no warning while snorkling.

Didn't some U-Boats put the radar warning thingy on top of the snorkle so that they could detect approching aircraft or ships?

joeap
09-29-2005, 04:31 PM
I think a lot of boats were taken by surprise though.

WirMussen
09-29-2005, 04:37 PM
iv never used a snorkel, but isnt your hydrophone still active, in which case u can perform a couple of turns to sweep your blind spot.

WilhelmSchulz.-
09-29-2005, 05:15 PM
Its a bug in the game.

WirMussen
09-29-2005, 05:19 PM
so hydrophone is inactive without snorkel?

if thats the case i wouldnt bother using one.

WilhelmSchulz.-
09-29-2005, 05:45 PM
It should be. Im saying geting jumped while snorkling is a bug.

WirMussen
09-29-2005, 05:47 PM
in that case just bring your snorkel in to do a couple of hydrophone sweeps every-so-often

Gunnersman
09-29-2005, 07:48 PM
The other problem is air attacks.
The radar equipped bombers can pick up your schnorkel and home in on it and you will not know until bombs start dropping all around you.

How do you guard against that? I still havent figured that one out. The only way you can tell something bad is going to happen is when your time compression goes from x1024 to x8 all of sudden.

Kaleun1961
09-29-2005, 08:00 PM
Another suggestion, in light of the fact that the game won't let you post a watch, is to use the stealth meter. When it goes red, time to dive.

Daloten
09-29-2005, 08:10 PM
I prefer running with scissors to running with the snorkel.

Kaiser_W
09-29-2005, 11:44 PM
I only use the snorkel for surface running in really bad weather. It's just too dangerous to run submerged with it. At least with a deckwatch, I have a chance.

doug.d
09-29-2005, 11:46 PM
This is not a problem. The snorkel works if you run at periscope depth and then so does your hydrophone. In rough seas, the engine room crew will run between electric and diesel engine compartments as the snorkel gets dunked, quite funny.

You can also charge batteries without a snorkel while semi-submerged. just set your depth to around 5 metres, the batteries should start charging (order will be obeyed), then set depth to 8 metres, charging will continue with only half your conn above water. I usually do this when about to enter a port, so that when the sh1t hits the fan, I won't be left dead in the water with dead batteries.

Marcus1959
09-30-2005, 03:38 AM
When I come to think of it. I tried to run at 8 m with the tower surfaced to man the flak in case of planes. That one didn't work. It could and should be possible to have a watch and flakcrew while not fully submerged, no?

paulhager
09-30-2005, 08:55 AM
When schnorkeling, I have both the attack and observation periscopes up. I also installed Jungman's senor fix for the schnorkel (don't remember the link but should be here on this forum somewhere). This addresses the problem of planes seemingly attracted to a schnorkeling U-Boot.

If the weather is good, I run at periscope depth. If the weather is marginal, I run at schnorkel depth. If the weather is really bad, I surface since it is nearly impossible to schnorkel in heavy seas.

After the sensor fix, I've had the experience of running at high TC and getting an aircraft warning. I've gone to the observation scope and watched them pass at long range. I've also had to crash dive a few times. Better to crash dive from schnorkel or periscope depth than surfaced...