though i prefer to leave at sunset and know that i will arrive in daylight.
Yeah, I have done those as well.
Nowadays I am too lazy sail at night.
Found a way to sail to the Bahamas
in daylight and even check in and do the paperwork the same day.
When I bought my ship and moved to Ft. Lauderdale back in 1998/99 I listened to the local experts as far as crossing the stream and entering the Bahamas
You have to leave at night so as to arrive in daylight...Much safer they said.
Roger, yes, did that, done that.
The stream is calm at night in settled weather
. Not much traffic, yet some big arse tankers come yer way at a pretty good clip.
It interfers with my sleep cycle however. My wife is not a night owl either, althought she has been standing watches now and then.
Being a pilot I am used to flying at night and sometimes doing 30 t0 40 hour duty days (and nights)
It is perfectly legal
by the graveyard agency called the FAA.
And I sure can do it with 500 passengers on my plane, legally and all...
On my OFF days
I prefer to sleep at night and sail by day:
Leave No-Name @ 0500, arrive Bimini
harbour 1630, go in and tie up. Check in with custom and immigration and be free and clear by 1700 local time.
Take a cooler and a couple of towels to the beach..Hang out untill the sun goes down.
Enjoy the best and clearest water within 50 NM of Florida
Go back to the marina, take a shower
and shave..Another cocktail on the boat, then head
to the local "restaurant" for cracked conch and rum/coke..
Stumble back to vessel, sleep good and pull away next day at slack tide.
No reason to sail at night unless ya are on a tight schedule.
Have done it and will do it again if the window calls for it and if I have a good crew. (No cake walk crossing the Stream at night..Big fast vessels coming your direction without a warning..Other strange things, but mostly easy stuff...Look-Out is good.Very good)