Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?
We used an AquaSignal all-around light on our 5 HP, 10 foot dink until it was stolen. The stick was only two feet high and the light not strong enough to really impact night vision. We always use a light as the Oakland Estuary is busy even at night and we hate to get run over while returning from the club. We always wear life vests because we often cross pretty open waters, do the occasional surf landing and also dink in the Delta where the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department has a zero tolerance for boaters in general. We cable lock the PFDs to the dink with a cable through the D-rings or just take them with us in a boat bag or knapsack.
My two pet peeves are kayakers in the Estuary that think their little glow sticks tied to thier bow or stern are actually visible from all angles and the fact that they tend to loiter at marina entrances (I’ve come real close to cutting one in half). Besides, the standard is an all-around WHITE light, not glo worm green. The second one is people who turn on their mast head strobe so they can locate their boat in larger anchorages. Get a couple of them doing it and it is like being in a disco for the rest of us who are actually trying to get some sleep.
2000 Catalina 34 MkII