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Old 10-03-2019, 09:10 PM   #10
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Like so many discussions...it depends.


I ran hundreds of hours at night , at over 20 knots, in narrow backwater channels with a fixed spotlight on all the time to pick out the channel markers.



To do so without the spotlight would have resulted in groundings for sure. Night vision? Behind ICW barrier islands with all kinds of lights...night vision was a joke....so the spotlight won.


Offshore with low expectancy of hitting things in the water...no...I would not use a spot as it wouldn't help much...but you aren't going to see a lot on many nights anyhow.
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