Originally Posted by BubbleHeadMd
To be avoided at all costs?
Do it with caution, by necessity?
No big deal, just part of cruising.
Somewhere between the last two for me: Just part of cruising but do with caution.
I can really enjoy sailing in an unfamiliar area at night - sharpens up my pilotage skills hugely.
positions, visual fixes, navigation
aids, boat instruments (esp. depth), radar
, paper charts
, electronic charts
- use them all if you have them. The more that agree with each other, the more certainty you have on your position.
It's not a case of either/or. I wouldn't rely on my visual fix alone, any more than I'd rely on a GPS
position alone. You usually can verify information from one source with another pretty quickly; is the depth
right for my GPS fix?, does the radar
agree with my visual fix?
Sailing at night can be fun and very rewarding - well, until that 40knot squall comes through at 3a.m.