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Tired of all my electric ?

I bought a 24' sloop over a year ago and I am considering getting rid off all the wires. All I really have are Running lights,Cabin lights,motor light and a dept finder that only works half the time. I sail in the chesapeake bay so I was thinking about using battery clamp down lights and lanterns in the cabin. This would cost me less then a new marine battery not to mention some of the wires are house wires. Another option I am trying to figure out is using a 9 volt with a switch.
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What would you do for running lights. You are required to have them if you are sailing or motoring after dark.
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why rip it out, replacing a minimal wiring job like you have would only take a day or so. where on the chessy are ya
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I was going to use running lights you clamp down they work of 2 D batteries. My boat is a 1968 lapworth some of the wires are old and rusted others are house wires ( couldn't this be a fire hazzard). I am on the Rhode river.
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I doubt those are bright enough to be legal on a boat the size of yours.
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I was going to use running lights you clamp down they work of 2 D batteries. My boat is a 1968 lapworth some of the wires are old and rusted others are house wires ( couldn't this be a fire hazzard). I am on the Rhode river.
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Why do you think There not as bright there the same light bulb? My motor light is even brighter. By the way is there a law on how bright and where could I find those regulations.
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I am on the Rhode river.

camp letts learned and taught sailing there

if you want some help rewiring the boat i will work for food
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From the USCG website:

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RULE 22
VISIBILITY OF LIGHTS
The lights prescribed in these Rules shall have an intensity as specified in Section 8 [Intl] of Annex I to these [Regulations / Rules] so as to be visible at the following minimum ranges:
(a)In vessels of 50 meters or more in length:
  • a masthead light, 6 miles;
  • a sidelight, 3 miles;
  • a towing light, 3 miles;
  • a white red, green or yellow all-round light, 3 miles.
  • a special flashing light, 2 miles. [Inld]
(b)In vessels of 12 meters or more in length but less than 50 meters in length;
  • a masthead light, 5 miles; except that where the length of the vessel is less than 20 meters, 3 miles;
  • a sidelight, 2 miles;
  • a sternlight, 2 miles;
  • a towing light, 2 miles;
  • a white, red, green or yellow all-round light, 2 miles.
  • a special flashing light, 2 miles. [Inld]
(c)In vessels of less than 12 meters in length:
  • a masthead light, 2 miles;
  • a sidelight, 1 miles;
  • a towing light, 2 miles;
  • a white red, green or yellow all-round light, 2 miles.
  • a special flashing light, 2 miles. [Inld]
(d)In inconspicuous, partly submerged vessels or objects being towed;
  • a white all-round light; 3 miles.
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I think my lights may met these regs. I guess I could have a safety check. I am right next to campletts my boat is docked at blue water marina. I can re wire the boat but I still would have to buy a battery and wires for just a few lights is it worth it. If you are really hungry just stop by and we can catch a rockfish it's trophy season.
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the battery is cheap, a simple 75 amp hour deep cycle at wally world is only 50 bucks or so. wire is pretty cheap too, 100 foot real from maine sails link in another thread is 39 bucks for 18-2 wire here

and if you dont have a panel this panel would do you boat perfectly. a position for a main, running lights, anchor lights, interior lights, and a bilge pump with a spare.

a simple charger in the house to keep it charged. this would not let you live on the hook but you could get away with an over nighter when you got stuck out. now this is not just a min amount of stuff but stuff that would be nice to have

as for rock fish ummm

edit yes it is worth it, it can give you another hour of sailing most days legally

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