Originally Posted by Billylll
I think the amateur move is running the Jersey ICW at night at 20-22knots.
Not a professional move in my opinion it looks like I'm not alone.
I would have agreed with you at one time. However, having gotten certain equipment I now would have to admit that while I still wouldn't choose personally to do it, I do believe someone with proper equipment, proper experience, and proper lookout could run the ICW at those speeds at night. On a clear night I can use night vision and a search light on top of regular radar and even sonic although sonic doesn't do anything much at those speeds. But using night vision, a commercial level search light, and radar, with an experienced captain and another looking out, your vision on a clear night is as clear as during day. In fact, it might be a little better as there is no sun glare.
I don't know his complete setup and haven't been on his boat so I can't pass judgement on it. But I believe my boat would be very safe in those conditions. Oh and for the others running around in the dark, we would be outlined with blue LED lights in addition to the regular navigation lights. Again, I don't plan on running that speed in the ICW, but I do believe he can do so safely if set up as my boat is. Now this is a clear night. A foggy night is a different story, just as fog during the day is.