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Old 14 February 2011, 11:52   #11
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Only thing I'd add to the above is a horn (in case of fog) and a compass (in case of GPS failure). A radar reflector may not be a bad idea either, if you don't already have one. Commercial vessels don't slow down in the dark.
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Old 14 February 2011, 12:40   #12
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Vandad , given the intended cruising location and the present risks associated with state of security alert , I would certainly consider contacting the Harbourmasters and possibly even the River Police in advance and tell 'em who you are and what you are doing . Might save you a few hours tied up alongside one them while they " check you out " .
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Old 14 February 2011, 13:12   #13
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hi vandad
maybe worth going somewhere in daylight and coming back at night as you will be able to follow your plotter route back to your point of entry, knowing you are not going to run into any obstructions. ie, permenant ones. would avoid central london at night on the river at night because there are so many light and it can get confusing.we i go out at night in weymouth, by coming back following the plotter at night, i find it easier to avoid bouys and pot markers.
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Old 14 February 2011, 18:56   #14
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Vandad , given the intended cruising location and the present risks associated with state of security alert , I would certainly consider contacting the Harbourmasters and possibly even the River Police in advance and tell 'em who you are and what you are doing . Might save you a few hours tied up alongside one them while they " check you out " .
Cheers! this is a good point and although I call London VTS before leaving my mooring but sometimes forget!
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Old 14 February 2011, 18:58   #15
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Red head lamps are very useful.
sorry if I sound a bit dull but Why red light?
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Old 14 February 2011, 19:13   #16
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.... Even at that, I found the plotter very bright, if I was doing that often, I'd look into a photography filter to reduce the light even more.
What Mr Willk says. I have tinted perspex screens which attach by stick on velcro at the corners. I also have a dimmer in circuit for the instrument lights so as not to do without them. It's surprising how much you can see after 20mins if nothing is dazzling you. Other vessel lights very easily mingle with shore lights, take care with them.
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Why red light?
Red light does not damage your night vision nearly so much.

A red glow stick clipped to your jacket does wonders, just the right sort of dim glow.
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I also have a dimmer in circuit for the instrument lights so as not to do without them.
Ooooh, nice idea! Is that a simple DIY mod on the lighting circuit? Any pitfalls to avoid?
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Is that a simple DIY mod on the lighting circuit? Any pitfalls to avoid?
Piece of pi$$ - you may want to fit the dimmer switch inside the console though, to give it some protection from the elements, unless of course, you have a cabin.

Oh and make sure it's wired so that the nav lights don't also get dimmed
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Ooooh, nice idea! Is that a simple DIY mod on the lighting circuit? Any pitfalls to avoid?
Yeh a wee adjustable voltage regulator circuit. I'm away from home atm and reading this on my phone, remind me at the end of the week and I'll post a pic of the circuit. A dead simple thing to make.
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