In the latest edition of the United States Power Squadrons’ Compass, an article titled “Boating After Dark” shares advice on how to remain safe once the sun goes down.
The advice ranges from checking the weather – everything from cloud cover to the forecast – to maintaining your marine radio. According to the article, another critical step is having up-to-date charts: “If your boat has radar and GPS, use them in addition to your up-to-date charts, but don’t rely on GPS alone to avoid a collision. A GPS can’t tell you what obstructions lurk just under the surface or between you and your destination.”
Enjoy nighttime boating – with just a few extra precautions.