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When I teach intermediate level courses we do a 4-5 hour night sail. On more advanced courses we go a 2-3 overnight trips.

I think I have hit as many logs during the day as I have at night. Luckily I have not hit a deadhead. Some logs lurk just underneath the surface. Radar will not pick up a log.

As for traffic, it is just as important to be seen as to seeing. Make you have a good radar reflector; if it is an octahedral, the catch rain position is essential. Check you nav lights. As for seeing, radar is mandatory, and an AIS is nice. I also will check with vessel traffic services to find out what traffic I may encounter, I also monitor VTS channels.
 
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