Originally Posted by capta
I do not understand why you would want to do that trip at night, nonstop.
If you were to go outside, there is a counter current that runs close to the reef and you can stay in 50 to 100 feet of water so you can pretty much run it on your sounder. Charts are quite accurate along the reef, and shipping must stay well out. You will have a steady wind without the interference that the structures along Hawk's Channel create and the channel currents can be difficult.
Of course, the inside passage can be done, but I'd stock up on Rolaids, if I were attempting it, day or night.
That is what we plan to do now, outside the reef. We just left Fort Lauderdale inlet and heading south. Sea calm and not much wind. Hope wind will pick up tonight.
I see very well at night as long as not much light pollution from the shore. My first time sailing at night in the Keys, I can't image it will be worse than Chesapeake bay or Maine for pots. Either way, we are too damn old not to be careful.