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Old 01-03-2010
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Low Buck LEDs

It's usually dark when I get to my boat. After climbing down the ladder and feeling around the breaker panel for the cabin lights a few times I came up with this $6 tap light from Lowes. So far I've only replaced the batteries once after two years. I also put them in my cockpit lockers to make it easier to find things in the dark.

When I get aboard and it's time to cook dinner I found I didn't have enough light in the galley, so I put this $19 LED light I found at Bed, Bath & Beyond above the range

And two of these LED touch lights ($8) under the shelf that hangs from the cabin top over my galley sink, so I can see to wash dishes.

Everything uses batteries so there were no wires to run or splice. I used some heavy duty velcro to stick them in place, so I can undo them later if I want. A little Goof Off and you'll never know they were there.

It's not the sexiest project I've done but for under $40 these lights get used every time I'm on board.

95 Catalina 30 Island Time

Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar" - Don Bamford
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