Speed comfort level running with radar...

MobilHomey

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Just wondering what is a common cruising speed with zero visibility (night time) using radar?

What are you comfortable with..?
 

@-EZ

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Just at or below plane. Nothing more because I can't see debris in the dark.
 

NoLDR

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Just wondering if it is common to run at cruising speed (30 knots) with zero visibility (pitch black) using radar? I typically do but just wondering if I'm gunna cut my life short or something...

What are you comfortable with..?
I would say no more like half or less for those conditions. Other factors like how far offshore and seas will also play a role. IMO.
 

Derby

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I generally use the common sense rule.

What could happen if I do? Where am I? Who is goign to save me?

That pretty much covers everything I do on the water.


I still do 18knts in the dark, but that's with a spotter running a light looking for crab pots and debris.
 

LMA7202

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Can't see floating log / other debris that could puncture a hull with radar. Greater speeds = greater damage. Keep it slow. Get up on plane then back off. (You can use your tabs to get on plane with less speed.)
 

cksea

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don't go any faster than the speed you are willing to hit something at.
 

Aggro

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12 if I have a moon to see flotsam, lagan, derelict and jetsam, otherwise 7.
 

sbsurfer

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don't go any faster than the speed you are willing to hit something at.
Well put right there ^^^

no moon and fog, i'm usually at 8 knots or maybe even less.
 

oozacgt

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Full moon 16 kts. Any other time at night or fog 8.5 kts.

Fog at night 6-7 kts.

This is with radar. Better to be safe than sorry.
 

wils

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2 schools of thought this foggier-than-chit morning:

1. the water being pushed ahead while plowing off-plane will help move stuff out of the way of your bow

2. the faster you go on plane, the less boat that is in the water. the less boat that is in the water, the less damage you will incur when you go over a telephone pole....or land in a tuna pen

that said........when I had to run on radar, it was only on to see where THE OTHER GUY was.....while keeping an eye on whatever I could see directly in front of my own boat. I used to travel only as fast as I could personally see ahead. adjust your speed accordingly.
 

NGSD1

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I am always concerned about this but know I go a little faster. I usually go about one third less in the dark but you never know depending on what and how you hit something. I also keep a lot of safety gear, pumps, emergency equip, life raft, EPIRB etc but that wont help if you get injured.
 

Blackfish

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One of several logs / Pillars I have pulled out over the years. This being the biggest (20 plus feet pier piling). . YOu never know what is out there.
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I will admit, have navigated like a dumb ass before, but almost alway, I now navigate with extreme caution, older and wiser I guess....It all comes down to good judgement, and what do you think your boat can handle. Can it handle a 2x4, or can it handle a 8x12. Either way, you don't want to hit it, so slow and steady always wins in the end.
Radar only picks up what is on top, not under. 7-10 knots max at night for me.