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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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In the past, when we dinghy up to the boat it would be dark and one of us would have to turn on the nav lights or cockpit lights to light-up the boarding area.

So this winter I put two LED strip lights on the underside of the bar that connects the dinghy davits. Then I installed 3-way switchs like the kind you have at the top and bottom of your stairs at home. One of the switches is at the nav station. The other is a pull switch, like you see on ceiiing fans or closet lights, with the cord running through a vent to the transom.

When we dinghy up to the boat this summer, we can pull the cord and have instant lights.

It's actually a bit of a surprise for my wife. We'll see if she likes it.

She loved it. We finally got back to the boat at night, earlier this week. I said "Pull the cord." The 7 feet of LED strip under the davit bar instantly lit up the whole dinghy.


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