Evenings on the water can be magical, but, once the sun goes down, boating after dark can literally be as different as “night and day!” The night time boating environment offers unique challenges that range from sudden changes in temperature, to channel markers and aids to navigation that may look completely different at night.
Here are a few nighttime boating safety tips to keep in mind so you can enjoy the yachting lifestyle well into the wee hours!
Slowing down is probably the simplest, and most important nighttime boating safety tip there is. Since it becomes that much harder to detect obstacles that could be in your path, from buoys, to wildlife, to other boaters, it just make sense to throttle back. There are some areas that even post different speed limits for daytime vs night boating, so be sure to follow them if posted.
Proper illumination for your yacht is important for your safety, as well as the safety of other boaters. However, you want to avoid blinding white lights, and instead opt for red lights that can light the way for you when you need it, and make your boat visible to others, but won’t cause the shock to the eyes that white light can.
One way to pierce the veil of darkness at night, is to equip your boat with night-vision cameras, or FLIR radar, or systems that incorporate a combination of both. Such technologies greatly expand your visibility at night.
Do Not Risk Diving In
While it could be tempting to take a dip during a warm night, jumping into the water from the deck at night is inadvisable. The darkness can hide dangers below the surface that would be readily visible during the day, not to mention should you get into trouble, rescuing a swimmer in the darkness is much more challenging than in the daylight.
Have clothing or blankets onboard that can prepare you for sudden changes in weather or drops in temperatures that can happen more often at night than during the day.
Finally, just use a little more common sense about the possible dangers of boating at night. Don’t travel into areas you are unfamiliar with, before venturing out at night, file a float plan with a responsible party, and make sure your VHF radio, and all other safety gear is working properly.
On Demand Yachting Provides Peace of Mind
Our On Demand yachting solution includes providing for all of your yacht’s safety and maintenance needs – day and night! When it comes to making sure you and all of your guests are as safe as possible, having the right crew is only part of the equation. You must make sure you have all of the right safety gear on board, and that it is all where it should be and functioning properly. That means, in the unlikely event that they are ever needed, all PFDs, fire extinguishers, smoke and CO detectors, etc., are all maintained and recharged as necessary.
Maintaining your yacht’s safety gear at operational readiness is just one of the services you can count on from our On Demand Yachting Solution.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.