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post #21 of Old 06-03-2012
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Re: LEDs afloat

It's wonderful to live in an age where we have choices. I recall when I had a battery go down using the old 1157s. It was off the coast and with the navs down in a shipping lane I had reason to sweat. Saving current is very important on sailboats because if you love sailing you have a tendency to forget about the aux power (if you have any) and how it's needed to charge the system. I now carry independent AA battery powered back up LEDs as well as back up Gel batteries. No, maybe my back ups are not CG approved but in a pitch it is better to have something than nothing. Because in the end it's about safety -not the law.
Many feel my oil lamps, compass's and water tanks are redundant but I consider the new tech with the option of failure. In fact I still carry candles.
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