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sailing on work nights

The weather is cooling off on the chesapeake its raining on weekends or 30 knot wind and small craft advisories it seems. so on a night with fair weather do you sail past dark or sit home thinking about it? I bought my first boat recently and i havent had many chances to use it. So is it crazy to go out solo at night in light air?
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Re: sailing on work nights

No.
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Re: sailing on work nights

Well solo and dark can both add complications. But, otherwise, no.
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Re: sailing on work nights

It's not unheard of. But for the novice sailors out there, safety things to consider are the lower water temp and sunset happening earlier.
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Re: sailing on work nights

Watch out for crab pots on the Chesapeake.
Hard to see them in the dark.
Full moon coming up tho.
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Re: sailing on work nights

I'm in the same situation. Bought my first sailboat since I had a sunfish 20 years ago. Got suddently struck by sailing fever. No sooner had I brought her home, the weather turned crappy. still waiting to get her wet.
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Re: sailing on work nights

Go sailing.
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Re: sailing on work nights

IMHP it takes a good amount of time to gain the skills needed to sail safely at night

There is so much to understand in just seeing other boats navigation lights and NOT having ANY CONFUSION about there course

And there is the whole disorientation thing between shore and navigation aids
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Re: sailing on work nights

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.
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Re: sailing on work nights

Early sunsets this time of year can really suck sometimes!
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