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10-23-2013 12:07 PM
Re: sailing on work nights

As much as I would enjoy it, I tend not to sail after work this time of the year because of the early sunsets. I also tend to sail singlehanded most of the time, and what with the time to get to the marina, get set up and leave, I really wouldn't have much time on the water until it got really dark -- and I'm not so confident to come back into my slip in the pitch dark. Every once in awhile I've come in later than expected in the twilight which is really pretty, but that's happened more by chance than by design.
10-18-2013 09:05 AM
Re: sailing on work nights

I sail after work often. In the cool dark nights getting home near midnight isnt a big deal to me. I was only curious if other people are doing similar adventures.
10-18-2013 09:02 AM
Re: sailing on work nights

Ive never had a p
roblem with crabpots but i dont often motor much more than off the dock.
10-18-2013 08:50 AM
sailing on work nights

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?

10-17-2013 04:22 PM
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.
10-17-2013 12:21 PM
Re: sailing on work nights


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!

10-17-2013 08:41 AM
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.

10-17-2013 07:39 AM
Re: sailing on work nights

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.
10-16-2013 09:54 PM
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.
10-16-2013 09:20 PM
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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