Here is what it looked like when I got up as we approached Hobucken.
Fortunately we have spent 25 years traveling this section of the ICW and know it like the back of our hands. Plus we have lots of electronics to guide us. We have a Garmin gps, which is just like the one in your car only it shows your position on a chart; a Furano radar, which shows us the location of the markers and other boats; and AIS (a total must have for me). The AIS system gives you a wealth of information about other boats around you including name of the vessel, speed, direction traveling, closest point of contact and the time to the closest point of contact. It also sends your information to the boats around you. That is provided they have AIS as well.
Commercial vessels all have AIS now. So meeting this tug was a breeze. We knew each other's vessel names and were able to chat back and forth to discuss how to safely pass each other at night with everyone feeling good about it.
We didn't run into another vessel until daylight. But it sure made me comfortable knowing I had all the equipment necessary for safe easy travel at night when it was my turn to go on watch.