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Old 07-29-2011, 11:50 AM
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Have a great, safe weekend on the water, http://speedonthewater.com/commentar...-at-night.html.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:05 PM
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Totally agree in every sense, but I think its WAYYYYYY more dangerous when people do it in a foreign place too.

We get people coming into cedar point at all hours, same deal with Put-in-Bay and a lot of them don't live around here. When I was a young I used to beg my dad to let us anchor out in the lake on the boat and spend the night. He refused even with all the lights on in the salon because he never trusted other boaters not to hit him.

as my uncle used to tell me "you could fill the whole f-ing universe will all the stuff you DONT know"

Of course maybe the greatest danger is in places you do know and you are overconfident.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:56 PM
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I start getting the shakes if I'm still out with the sun just 2 hours from going down. Got to be off the boat and done flushing and all, sitting on the deck with a cocktail. I know that i would idle if caught out after that time frame no matter how far away I was. I would be too worried about the boaters that you can hear off in the distance at 5000 rpm or more 3 or more hours after it is DARK. I keep listening for the sudden ramp up in engine speed (prop out of water) or immediate cutoff as in slamming into something HARD.
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Matt,

So true! Most people don't realize that depth perception goes to virtually zero at night on the water. Mix in a little alcohol, and you know what happens next. Personally, unless it's an absolute emergency, I don't go out at night at all - even in waters I know like the back of my hand.
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