Tips for safe night navigation

Tips for safe night navigation

Sailing on a 34-ft boat offers the opportunity to enjoy unique and exciting experiences: visiting a hidden cove or bathing in deep blue waters, collecting fantastic memories. But nothing compares to an overnight boat trip.

Far from the light pollution of the town, you can admire the constellations and the Milky Way, and observe the moon in all its icy splendor. In this way, you can experience the harmony with nature, overwhelmed by the immensity of the sky and the sea.

Words are not enough to describe this experience. Instead, we use them to give some useful recommendations to prepare for night sailing.

Firstly, planning is essential, studying the area you want to cross to identify any risks (such as rocks and shallow waters) and consulting the weather forecast to avoid bad weather that would make navigation more complicated. It is also useful to check the lunar calendar, to prevent new moon nights and prefer full moon nights, which are safer and more romantic.

Preparing the boat’s equipment is also essential.

FIM 340 REGINA’s standard equipment includes navigation lights and courtesy lights, offering greater visibility of the external environment during navigation and preventing the crew from tripping and falling on the deck. Two underwater lights and various safety equipment are available as an option, including distress signals. 

If you decide to travel all night, it is a good idea to have more people on board to command the boat so that you can establish a system of shifts to ensure that pilot rests adequately. Generally, it is advisable not to exceed three consecutive hours of navigation.

You should also be aware that night visibility makes it very difficult to assess distances, even in the presence of the boat’s lunar and artificial lighting. Therefore, it is useful to keep an eye on the radar, the GPS, and other navigation instruments.

If you want to sail only for a few hours during the night, it is still advisable to avoid docking after sunset, both for visibility and tiredness. It is better to drop the anchor in a suitable place and stay overnight below deck, enjoying the interior’s comfort.

This tip also applies if you stayed overnight on the boat. Even with the morning light, it is better to be cautious and rest a bit to avoid accidents or damage due to fatigue!

Explore these fascinating locations aboard FIM 340 REGINA, which combines the elegance of a yacht with the agility of a boat. Contact us to find out more.