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Sailing through the night might not be advisable on a new (to you) boat, especially on a shakedown trip. There's another thread about a guy who bought a boat in New York and headed south about a month ago. I think the boat sank off New Jersey. Cracked hose? Faulty seacock? Stove in by jetsam? Rogue wave? He's not around to say. After you've gotten sufficient confidence in the boat and your own skills, night sailing can be great experience. To make good time sailing 24/7 without tiring yourself & crew out totally, getting four crew - three of whom know what they're doing - to help you bring the boat around might be a good idea. With five people on board you can put everyone on watch for four hour stints, but send a "fresh" crew up on deck every two hours. The "off-watch" standers get six hours off, so they get enough sleep to be alert. Of course you have to feed them. In that case, trucking might be cheaper.