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NVG's are impressive technology. I was a helicopter crew chief in the Army and we flew with ANVS6 series....turn a black night into a cloudy, green day. Seeing someone walking along, smoking a cigarette, it was like a flare lighting up their face. What looks like a barely perceptible red light is like a super bright spot/flood under goggles. You could light someone up and they'd never know it.
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Hey,

I hope you canceled your trip. Bad weather all day today and probably tomorrow too.

Sailing at night is fine, but sailing at night, in heavy rain, is another story.

Anyway, best of luck to you.

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Joe is correct! My inexpensive mono scope is waterproof and floats. It is even yellow unlike many waterproof gadgets. It cost me under $150.00 and that may not sound like inexpensive but if you have ever had to dive to untangle a lobster pot warp at night, in windy conditions, alone it is a bargain! I use it to scan ahead and if I see something in the ambient light it has an IR beam that, with the press of a button, lights up whatever you are looking at. The range is probably 100 yards so traveling at sailboat speed is OK for this little gem.

If you navigate at night through lobster pots or just in a channel that requires some care a night vision scope will become one of your treasures aboard.

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Joe is correct! My inexpensive mono scope is waterproof and floats. It is even yellow unlike many waterproof gadgets. It cost me under $150.00 and that may not sound like inexpensive but if you have ever had to dive to untangle a lobster pot warp at night, in windy conditions, alone it is a bargain! ...

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With such a ringing endorsement, please clue us in to the make and model!

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Is it me, or are lobster pots most plentiful at predictable locations? For instance, the northwest side of Race Rock lighthouse.

It may help to avoid them to look for areas where lobstermen typically put their pots. Any former lobstermen here?

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I helped with a delivery to Port Clyde Maine several weeks ago. As we got in closer to shore there were pots every thirty feet or so. When we were motor sailing into the harbor I stood "pot watch" on the bow. I had no problem seeing the pots without lights. I think that a spotlight might narrow your range of view. IMO,,just acquire your night vision and keep alert. You should have no problem spotting the pots with a full moon.
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Ottos,

I purchased my scope almost 10 years ago. It is aboard and I am not but will get the make and model for you in a day or two. This is a similar product. A little more expensive now. Bushnell Night Watch 2x24 Waterproof Night Vision Monocular with Built-In IR. I may buy another as we start doing more, longer cruises in unfamiliar waters.

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Bene505,

If you visit Mount Desert Island you can expect to find some channels "paved" with lobster pots. I get the things tangled in my rudder at my mooring in Seal Harbor. A small cruise ship made the mistake of coming in Eastern Way a couple of years ago to anchor in Great Harbor. It took a team of divers an entire day to untangle the pots they swept up with their stabilizers. Toggle floats can be an even bigger problem as they are small and unpainted. They mark strings of lobster traps. They are everywhere!

We often enjoy ending our day's sail at a restaurant that has a dock. There are many opportunities to do this here. after dinner, if we decide to return home, it is an intense bit of navigation in familiar waters to avoid picking up a float. I have resisted installing a warp cutter on my shaft but this winter, when I replace the cutlass bearing, I am going to install one.

I have many lobstermen friends who's gear I try to respect but I am going to stop worrying about going over the side at 65 years of age if I do get fouled and let a warp cutter free my shaft. I have paid those dues.

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When sailing at night in a busy harbor or channels, do not scan each direction to quickly, you will miss the flashing marker. I try and make an effort to stay at each direction of more than 5 to 6 sec before moving into a different quadrant.
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I agree with downeast advice. We dont have the lobster pts here on the Chessie, but the crab pots can be a real pain in the entrance to a lot of the creeks and rivers. The are supposed to maitain "flot free" channels, but thats a joke.

I noticed on our last run down from Pooles Island to Rock Hall/ Patapsco the middle of the Bay was covered with a blkanket of red, greens, blacks, and yellows...more than in years past. At night they are very hard to see.

I will be installing a wrap cutter to make our night trips less "exciting"

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