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post #8 of Old 03-19-2013
Courtney the Dancer
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Re: Installing a bow floodlight

I see quite a few sailboats with permanently mounted spot lights on the bow, seems like practically every boat from Alaska has one (or more). Most are mounted on the pulpit in a variety of ways, the most popular seems to be the teak or starboard platform mentioned above. Makes a lot of sense here in the northern latitudes if you do a lot of boating during the dark months. I would use a remote controlled light that you can pan from side to side and up and down as needed, that is what we have on our power boat and it's invaluable on a dark rainy night. Installation is pretty straightforward, doesn't require a lot of power and the control is waterproof so you can mount it in the cockpit. There are some low profile designs and I think I would make a cage over it to prevent lines from snagging it.

SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

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