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Bow lights getting plunged. Does it matter? BFS
OK so my bow light gets plunged into the ocean on those days when there a hint of BFS in the air. The first time, the thing quit for 15 minutes before it started shining again. This was not an academic problem as it was night in the shipping channel in Delaware Bay. (Ah Delaware Bay, where the waves come off the ocean, the current runs against the waves, and the bottom gets shallow right next to the channel.)
Has anyone replaced their bow lights to avoid having them frequently submerged? I was originally thinking of putting lights off the sides, aft of the bow a bit. (This would also reduce the red/green glare coming right back at you off the stainless steel bowsprit, in the exact direction you are looking the most.) But then that would mean the light would get submerged whenever the rail gets buried. And when heeling, a low light on the lee side might not show up well to other boats and ships.
Is the only recourse to get a masthead light? I plan on having the mast down 2 winters from now, not this winter. Next winter I'm planning to keep the boat in the water -- maybe take some on-the-hard sailnetters for some winter sails. So installing the masthead would have to wait 2 more years, right? Or can it be done with the mast up? Or maybe I just need a new, better-sealed bow light.
Anyone have any ideas?
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