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At least we'll know which boat is yours... and that might even fulfill the dayshape requirement.
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Hi All,
We use a flourescent drop-light(mechanics-style light) as a super-bright anchor light when there is a danger of someone wandering out of the channel into the anchorage. The light has a 24w flourescent bulb about 10" long. We run it off of a small inverter and have a total draw of about 2.3 amps. We don't use this every night because of the high-amp draw, but when hoisted on a flag halyard it makes our presence known with no doubt. It's also nice to have one item serve more than one purpose on the boat.

When in "safe" anchorages we use LED anchor lights - one at the masthead and one handing off the backstay about 6' above deck level.

Hope this helps,

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Speaking of lanterns aloft...There are any number of mock-Coleman-lanterns in the stores these days, some even branded by Coleman, that use LED arrays and run for up to 48 hours on the self-contained batteries. Some with little remote control keyfobs, too.

Should be easy enough to just hoist one of those aloft, they should be economical and utilitarian things to have on a boat. Often under $20 at the bigbox stores. Some using C or D cells, others lantern (6v) batteries, etc.
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Get some rechargeable batteries and a 12VDC charger, and you should be all set.
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