Yeah man, you haven’t navigated in the dark until you’ve run the St. Lawrence from where I’m from, up in Quebec downstream from the Eisenhower locks. My wife and I go out around here after dark all the time with the boat and one time we were visiting family up there we took the boat to watch fireworks. On the way back she was like “how do you even know where we are, I can’t even see my hand a foot in front of my face”. I just laughed, so many hours boating up there as a kid I could probably run from the Eisenhower locks to my family’s summer place at Hopkins Point with a blindfold. She wasn’t too freaked out when we were following the shipping channel going buoy light to buoy light but the part at the end of the ride where we take a hard right between two island and drive 2.25 unmarked miles across the St. Lawrence to Hopkins Pointe she was sure I was lost.
I suppose sitting and waiting at the lock is a lot more fun on a boat like yours with a full galley than on a 21’ bowrider.