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Re: sailing on work nights

Hookin, if it relaxes you, go sailing. If solo and dark worry you, stay ashore.
Yes, solo and dark and colder wx are all added risks but then again, some people are afraid of the water all the time and they'd just stay on the golf course.

I would make a point to have the right safety equipment, especially flares and light, to wear the PFD, to have some communications and to leave word with someone that you should be home the next morning (at the latest :-) but it doesn't sound like you should have any worry.

As any dermatologist will tell you, it is much safer to sail at night.(G)
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Early sunsets this time of year can really suck sometimes!
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The recent sunsets here have been magical.
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I appreciate the responses and the warnings more so. Its not that i havent sailed at night. The last time i sailed my siren 17 it was small craft advisory i sailed it at night everything went well except for a snagged mainsheet while 'turning around caused a massive heel and then the incident of the mast falling gently with no damage due to a failed turnbuckle on the shroud. Luckily while sitting in the boat ramp. Sheer luck it didnt let go while under sail. But these things are what i think really show you what your dealing with everytime you shove off the dock. Not to mention im sailing basically a dinghy in the bay.
I don't mean to imply that you should venture too far outside your comfort zone. Night sailing is glorious. Get to doing it. You won't be sorry. Invite a more experienced sailor, but give it a try. Soon it will be as natural and easy as driving a car at night.
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Re: sailing on work nights

KInda like flying, the aircraft has no idea it is dark, it flies the same. However to you and I, thinks just look a little different out there..... Besides if you limit yourself to daylight you are taking away half of your life. I say go for it. Take an experienced person with you the first few times, keep it close, go slow, have fun.

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Re: sailing on work nights

Definitely go for it, only plan incremental distances from your slip. For example for the first time, get back just before dusk, next few times, at dusk. Then when you feel certain that you can find your way back you can stay out a bit longer. The whole idea is to have fun, and avoid uncertainty or possibly fear, imho.
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I feel your pain- sailing just once a week stinks!
A beautiful full moon last night with a light breeze. And I was sitting at home watching a movie I had seen five times.
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Re: sailing on work nights

When working, we often took the yacht out in the evenings. In many respects, night sailing is easier as there are far fewer boats out and about so there's far less traffic to deal with, lighted marks are easier to see, and winds tend to be somewhat less gusty. While an illuminated mast-head Windex can be helpful, black tell-tales mounted on the shrouds are also very helpful. I realize that is counter intuitive but one can actually see them better than light or colored tell-tales in the dark, which really isn't so dark once one's eyes adjust.

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Re: sailing on work nights

Hello,

I can't comment on the Chessy, but I often sail at night on Long Island Sound. It's about half solo and half with friends and family. Fortunately, where I sail their are few boats at night and lots of open water. I don't think I would want to do a lot of sailing at night if I had to worry about other boats, obstacles and lots of crab pots.

Make sure you plan all your moves ahead of time and be prepared with things like spotlights, horns, boat hooks, whatever you will need to get back to your slip / mooring. My boat has a reliable autpilot (at least it's reliable in wind conditions I would experience for a pleasure sail) and that makes things a whole lot eaiser.

Pick your weather window carefully the first few times: relatively gentle breeze, preferably a fool moon, etc.

Have fun!

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Re: sailing on work nights

Wouldn't it be easier to just leave work sooner?

I agree, these 6:30 pm sunsets are for the birds. But I can barely steer a path through the crab pots in broad daylight. Add solo sailing and docking to the mix and I would just settle for happy hours watching the sunset from my slip.

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Any tips on crab pot avoidance at night in the northern Chesapeake? Staying in the channels is one option I suppose. A line cutter on the shaft just in case maybe?

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