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Old 10-03-2019, 08:27 PM   #3
rslifkin
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City: Rochester, NY
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Hour Glass
Vessel Model: Chris Craft Catalina 381
Join Date: Aug 2019
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I don't have a built-in searchlight, but on the rare occasions I run at night I do keep a handheld one within reach just in case. However, I almost never use it for the sake of preserving night vision (especially because it'll cause glare off the decks being that it's not all the way forward). So generally if visibility is a problem or there's a risk of debris, I'll resort to slowing down even more than my normal 7 kts or less in the dark and putting a person on the bow (there's an appropriate spot to sit given calm-ish water) with the center windshield open so I can hear them from the helm.
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