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I need some of those, and the rope lights too... I want to be just this side of gaudy, just that side of trailerdom.

It might also have the added benefit of repelling unwanted potential overnight guests.

all kidding aside, I really think they're a good idea.
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They do have new LED-based rope lights that would work pretty well, and wouldn't require as much electricity as the older traditional style rope lights.
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A compromise might be to install the reflective stanchion wrappers on the base of your stanchions, or to just buy some ScotchLite tape and run that around the hull, either just below the deck or perhaps replacing the boot stripe as well.
The stuff is surprisingly visible even with "no" light.

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If you don't mind looking like a mexican cantina...I suppose the "glow strips" electroluminescent wires are even more effective than strings of LED lights. Something about making anchorages look like the wrong side of town though. I think I'd just prefer to tuck into the most sheltered corner I could find, and then lay defensive mines.
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Just how many bugs will fit in your boat CD I think I'd want that light up the mast. Or maybe you can get yellow colored bulbs.

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I bought a Davis Mega Light last season and love it. Very low draw on the batteries, burns bright and you can hang it about anywhere. Use it to light up the cockpit at night for socializing or reading and leave it on all night. It has a solar switch so it turns on by itself if I am away from the boat and goes off at daybreak. Great light.
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I'd second the Davis 'Mega Light' solution placed somewhere to show off some deck but not keep you awake. Having part of the cockpit lit up may be good for anchor checks any way. They give off a lot of light for a reasonable amount of amperage. Unfortunately I also second the price is absurd.
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Well,

It looks like those nasty looking things are the smartest thing to do... not the best looking!!! I doubt they are nearly as bright as they advertise them to be (especially late at night). I would also be concerned about the getting caught up in a jib sheet. But I might give them a try. Just depends on how unsafe I feel that night.

For those of you that anchor in a designated anchorage (or always plan to) not a problem. For the rest who prefer it a little further away, I guarantee you that getting hit in the middle of the night will be on your mind... along with: the weather coming in, the anchor dragging, that strange scheeching noise you have not heard before, the bilge pump suddenly kicking on, that shrimp or fish tapping on the hull, the halyard rapping on the mast that you forgot to lash elsewhere, did you put water in the batts?, did you leave the beer on the dock?, are the kids too cold...... well, you get the pictrure. But no, really, you always get a good night sleep on the hook. Really.

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Getting a set of these might be cheaper overall and you'd get more lights. Figuring out how to mount them would take a bit of creativity, but hose clamps or cable ties and stanchions come to mind...

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