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Old 18 October 2013, 11:16   #11
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wow thanks for all the replies there everyone. Most of it seems to be common sense based, but there were some things there that i hadnt really thought about and considered in much detail!

For instance lights on lifejackets.. i dont have those, but i hope i can retrofit them? I have some basic Crewsaver automatic lifejackets.. I will google them to see if you can buy some retro fit lights.

Some pot markers can be bugger to see in the daytime, so i image its even harder at nighttime!

I will think about doing the advanced powerboat, but dont you have to do intermediate first? I was thinking of trying to get the day skippper practical in at some point next year, but might revise thought to be the powerboat intermediate and advanced then..

I did think about going to the cowes week firework display but I decided i would probably be better off doing some runs in the dark when its quite first.

Thanks for the tip regarding auldi and their headlamp, think i will head down to my local one this weekend.
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For instance as lifes on lifejackets.. i dont have those, but i hope i can retrofit them?
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Old 18 October 2013, 11:19   #13
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All Good Advice.......Night time Cruiseing = Everything x2!..but if it cuts up Rough..(or you get caught out late in it) a Well Mounted Big Bad 12v Handheld Lamp to see the Wave Pattern,(Or help too)..CAN BE A LIFESAVER!... AND you won't give a Toss about yer loss of Night Vision!!
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I will think about doing the advanced powerboat, but dont you have to do intermediate first? I was thinking of trying to get the day skippper practical in at some point next year, but might revise thought to be the powerboat intermediate and advanced then..
The answer to the first point is no you do not have to do your Intermediate before doing your Advanced - its an anomaly but there you go.

Whether you do the Intermediate before the Advanced is entirely up to you.
I appreciate that money and time are a major issue but the key questions are
What experience do you want to gain?
How much confidence do you want to gain?
How much fun do you want to have?

I look at it simply - if you can't do it during the day then you are st*ffed if you try to do it at night.

That's why I would always recommend anyone with limited experience to do the Intermediate first and then practise and lock down all that knowledge and skills gained before doing the Advanced.

Then when you do the Advanced you will really enjoy the challenges on offer and come away raring to go.

Yes it takes longer and costs more but the potential benefits are well worth it.
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Old 18 October 2013, 11:59   #16
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All of the above is very good advice. I had not had any issues launchin/receovering in the dark if you are well rehearsed during the day. Just mind out for trip hazards you may not see.

Keep it slow, and don't assume because you know an area during the day, you be bale ot navigate easily at night. use your chart plotter, and as said before, have someone with you to navigate and one to helm, ideally one more to keep a lookout. Lights are very hard ot see at night, especially the greens. Once again, once you are comfortable, boating at night is amazing.
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I did not do the intermediate I went straight from pb2 to advanced pb.
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We night cruise a lot,as said before do your homework,leave details of passage plan ashore and start in familiar waters and extend passages once you've gained experience and confidence. Moon lit nights are fantastic for starters.
I only have Day skipper ticket,but you can't beat time afloat.
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Have to agree with all the above. Night driving is amazing.

2 amazing ones stand out in my memory; doing the Advanced PB and navigating into Larne harbour and then Larne Lough. White knuckle ride that one but such a thrill to have done it. So dark we couldn't even see each other in the boat!
Then traveling up from Upper Lough Erne to Lower Lough Erne on Halloween night, watching the fireworks and then moving in convoy through Enniskillen and finding my way back to the marina to recover. Unbelievably magic evening - relied on instinct and a sense of presence rather than skill, but managed it.

Enjoy!
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So dark we couldn't even see each other in the boat!
Which in fairness, was a blessing
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