The real issue is finding a portable anchor light that is USCG approved. There are many lights that people use as anchor lights that are not USCG approved, and if you are hit by someone, and the issue goes to court, having an unapproved anchor light will leave you in deep trouble
One way to do this is to have a standard LED-anchor light, and either wire a battery pack to it, or have a long enough cable that you can power it from the cockpit or cabin. I prefer the LED-anchor lights, as they have much less power draw, and can be run off of even fairly small batteries for a night.
Unfortunately, LED-based lights are still a bit expensive, and making your own is not really a good option, as USCG approval is problem then.
BTW, I don't believe the Davis MegaLight is USCG approved.
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