From: Upstate New York USA
Asdicus - Your last post understands the situation correctly. If your destination hex is a friendly base, the "stop at max range, then dash in at night" rule does not apply. Your ship will simply sail over to your base rather than trying to sneak in. I don't view it as a bug, rather, the game recognizes there is no need to sneak into your own "friendly" territory.
I'm a new player myself, and it didn't take me long to learn that particular lesson the same way you did! I don't have the manual in front of me now, but I think it may actually be covered in there.
As Hans pointed out above, you will need to manually control your forces in that event. Good Luck!
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