great threads never been in anything like this stuff, 9' waves on lake Huron at night looking for Cape Hurd Channel, scared the heck out of me, eyes glued to my laptop and my compass
When in sea's like that, I keep my eye's and ear's glued to the aproaching swell's. I say ear's because, at night, you often can't see them, but you can hear a breaking swell aproaching. I understand you were equally concearned about your position ( the great lakes intimidate me, never been out on them) I keep all ambient light to a min. I've never had a lap top out while steering, but it seem's like it would blind you. I assume your compass has I red light.
The 2 times I've been knocked down, I was, for one reason or another not paying attention to the world around me, for less than a few minuet's. I don't let it happen any more, 3 strikes and your out as they say. Does not the Cape Hurd Channel have an enterance light?