I think the coasties have an agreement with the Bahamas. You let us catch drug runneres, and we let tourests come to your country.
As far as sailing at nite without a GPS
. I know people who had plans to go sailing, but just had to have every gizmo out there. Before they had everything, things happened, and they had to sell the boat.
I know people who, some people would say are crazy, but they are sailing, with what they got.
Sailing without a GPS
at night isn't much different than sailing during the day without one. Ever hear of dead recconing? GPS's can fail. I carry a spare, but next time we go cruising, if one is dead, as it is now, and a second one isn't in the budget
. Guess what? We go with only one.
I met a guy in Bimini
who was on a 21' Venture and asked when I was leaving for the Berry Islands about 78 miles away. I told him at about midnite. He wanted to follow as he didn't have a Gps. He made it accross the Stream ok. I normally would have said no thanks. but it was the same boat as my first real sailboat, so I said OK.
When the sun came up, I was sailing with a reefed main and autopilot
, and I could see him with full sail up, holding the tiller like a mad man!
But they were doing it. I think if he had reefed he would have picked up speed.