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Even without a moon, the Bay will have a lot of residual ambient light reflecting off it, from the communities along the shoreline. I would keep use of any white lights to a bare minimum, both on deck and below, and let your eyes adjust. If you have to use a white light for some reason, close one eye so that you won't lose your night vision entirely. Better to install red filters.
You need to study the tide tables to see whether you want to stay in deep water or the shallows for the ride down the Bay. If the tide's going out, stick to the deeper water, if coming in you'll want to skirt the shallows. Deep water means you'll have to keep a sharp eye for ships and especially tugs with tows. Shallow water means you'll have the constant concern for crab pot warps.
If you can't avoid a crab pot float, try to keep the rudder as close to centerline as possible while you pass over it. If you snag a float and warp, sometimes a quick 360 will untangle it. Otherwise you may have to cut it, so have a knife handy that can be quickly tied or duct-taped to a boat hook.
A special word of caution about the target area along the western shore just south of Pax River N.A.S. -- be very careful not to sail through it. It is littered with destroyed target platforms that lurk just below the surface, as well as debris from ordnance. Make sure you go outside of it, or well inside -- not through it! It can be deceptive, especially on a dark night, so study the chart carefully.
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