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  • #16
    I don't see well in the dark at all so I don't boat at night.

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    • #17
      some waters are better than others to boat night, and two boats passing in the night has a certain appeal to me
      Bring rain gear !

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      • #18
        We boat on a decent size lake in northeastern PA. Lake Wallenpaupack. 52 miles of shoreline, 13 miles long. We did the 4th of July celebration on the lake once. Never again... The fireworks were great, but leaving was a horror show. We should have waited an hour before heading back. As others have stated, idiots flying by us as if it were daylight. A few cut way too close... right across our bow without regard. I just don't get it. Are they that stupid? Ignorant? Selfish? Sometimes I think there should be licensing like driver's licensing for automobiles. We need more policing on the lake.

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        • #19
          I remember seeing evening fireworks from multiple harbors on the south end of Lake HURON.-----A fairly big lake it is.-----There was no traffic that would bother a 41' sailboat 3 miles offshore.-----I can imagine the pandemonium in some areas when the fireworks are over.----Do not want any part of that show.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by racerone View Post
            Since time began humans are always taking calculated risks.----Have not seen this improving at all.----See it getting worse !
            But I truly believe "Common Sense" is declining.

            I Enjoy Night Running, for the most part. Pitch Black sucks, but if there is enough light to make out silhouettes, then it's relaxing. I do however, paint my Gauge Lights red, shut off all interior lights (stereo, cargo, light strips) and drive to conditions.

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            • #21
              And not to mention all of the ________ that put headlights on their boats. The _________ on the lake I like to fish at nite love blinding me.

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              • #22
                Like Racer, I avoid situations like that...Dont like people that much, too dangerous a scenerio. Been there done that.
                However if in that situation, I'd be way over, out of the way..and going pretty slow. unless i'm offshore, with my Radar on, its not worth the risk, go slow.

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                • #23
                  I’ve actually thought about rigging up a set of forward running lights on my fishing boat just for emergency situations where I can’t get back to camp/ramp before dark. Something LED that I can stow and just rig up if I really need them.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Simple_Man View Post
                    And not to mention all of the ________ that put headlights on their boats. The _________ on the lake I like to fish at nite love blinding me.
                    I think running with extra lights on (except for certain allowed reasons) is illegal, USCG approved navigation lights are the only thing that should be on while underway, no-one should hold a light straight on you or have headlights on while underway, I've seen a pontoon boat pulled over for that (I think it was for that)
                    Bring rain gear !

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                    • #25
                      On the fireworks subject, It's about the same up here in Canada on July 1st.
                      Many years ago I was leaving the fireworks along with a pontoon boat. The operator of the pontoon boat had had a few drinks and somehow, while changing fuel tanks, he managed to shut of his nav lights. Attempts to get his attention failed. So for the remainder of the trip to his place I had to light up his stern with my spotlight whenever someone got close.
                      On a more somber note. Not so long ago after the same event, farther up the lake a larger boat up on plane ran over an open boat fishing. Both persons in the open boat were killed.
                      I NEVER RUN ON PLANE AT NIGHT.



                      "Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional."

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by wrench 3 View Post
                        I NEVER RUN ON PLANE AT NIGHT.


                        Amen Brother
                        Bring rain gear !

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                        • #27
                          MOD EDIT - Why does this thread attract spammers?
                          Last edited by GA_Boater - Wash Hands - Don't Touch Face - Separate; April 10th, 2020, 11:12 AM.

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                          • #28
                            MOD EDIT - Why does this thread attract spammers? Porn this time.
                            Last edited by GA_Boater - Wash Hands - Don't Touch Face - Separate; April 10th, 2020, 07:29 PM.

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                            • #29
                              MOD EDIT - Why does this thread attract spammers?

                              JB - We need to ban these SOBs or they come back like vavada,
                              Last edited by GA_Boater - Wash Hands - Don't Touch Face - Separate; April 12th, 2020, 04:47 PM.

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                              • #30
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                                There was a time I loved taking the boat out night fishing. The quiet tranquility, looking up at all the stars we couldn't see in the city, the sounds of the frogs trying to make baby frogs, even nature at it's crulest when an Owl takes an unsuspecting Rabbit that screams like an injured child. The night brings on wonders daylight does not. Then one peaceful evening a party boat was zooming around the lake full of hammered drunk and smoked up kids. I said to my brother I think we should get back to the cottage. Sure enough the next day we heard the 12 kids on a home made swim raft turned into a boat hit a 12 foot tinny. 4 kids on the party barge and both fishermen were killed not 500 yards from our camp and several with critical injuries. We didn't hear a thing. I have not gone out at night since and don't intend on ever going out after dark unless we are on an outpost camp in the Arctic watershed, maybe, and I miss it.
                                Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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