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Think about radar
I'm not in the Great Lakes so my experience is a little different. However, on the Gulf Coast of Texas there are many offshore oil platforms which don't always correspond to the charts. And on a clear night, there are so many that it's difficult to tell where each rig is. As well, they're supposed to have signal horns but not all do and not all have lights. Having said that, one of my favorite trips is about 30 hours offshore from Port Aransas to Galveston. From the beginning, I've used radar at night as a matter of routine and it surely makes the dark hours a lot less stressful. By the way, we also have freighter traffic in the same area, some anchored, some underway, and lots of rig service boats that run at high speeds all hours of the day and night. Farther offshore I wouldn't need the radar but in close quarters it really works well. You might think about adding it to your boat.
Last edited by Mkfcdl; 02-26-2006 at 04:04 PM.