I don't have much experience, but I know when me and cpalombo went out at night in his boat it was a real dark night. There was no moon and a fog moved in on top of the river. Heading back to the boat ramp I asked him how he could see anything and he told me he was steering by way of his GPS. Trying to get to each buoy as he navigated the channel. He said that he had run the course we were traveling many times and had it programmed into his GPS. All we did was watch for debris in the river and got around just fine. I've never done this myself and I may of explained that wrong, but I'm pretty sure thats how he did it. So if you have a GPS on your boat then I would say thats a definite bonus to navigating at night. Good Luck and be safe.