Sunday, July 3, 2016
Light the night
There's nothing worse than checking out a strange noise in the night with an under powered flashlight. That very thought occurred to me when checking out a strange noise in the middle of night. A pale 15 foot blob of wavering light lacked a certain amount of authority.
We had a nice a self contained hand held spotlight on the boat -the perfect thing for spotting crab pots in the dark or channel markers. Alas, it went down with the boat.
That's one of the things I've been meaning to replace. Since we haven't been night sailing with our other boat, I keep forgetting to buy one. However, like I discovered the other night, it's a good thing to have around at all times. Better to spot trouble in the night hundreds of feet away rather than dozens of feet away. Oh well, it's on the list.
One of the really nifty things about using a converted ambulance as a camper is all the floodlights. We kept the floodlights on both sides and the back. The front light bar was also converted to flood lights. There's even a hard wired hand held spotlight in the cab. With all the lights on night becomes day. Nothing's going to sneak up on us unseen.
I'm not even afraid of the dark. When I was little kid my dad had all these little games we'd play in the dark. He taught me how to get around. Once you get used to the night you don't fear it. Even now my night vision is still pretty good.
Of course, it sure is nice to be able to totally ruin someone else's night vision.