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I''m looking for an inexpensive (well... not poor quality) removable anchor light for my 22 footer. I really don''t want to install an anchor light permanently at the top of my mast and run wire down it if I really don''t have to. Any suggestions ??

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Look at the Davis mini amp mega light. low power, plugs into lighter, 2 miles visibility. Bought mine from sailnet.
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On the Jesse Boyce I use a “Little Camper” oil lantern. It cost less then $10, and works like a charm! There’s no drain on the batteries. It holds a flame all night even in windy conditions and it’s as traditional as you please! While all of the others are flipping switches, I’m hanging my lantern in the shrouds! In the early evening, if we’re sitting around the cockpit, the lantern sits atop the main hatch to give us some light.

A friend of mine gave me a “nice” Weems & Plath Yacht Lamp a few years back but that patent thing tossed less light then a good wooden match! I eventually tried that for an anchor light but it had too many issues for the job so I went back to the Little Camper and passed the W&P on to the next victim!

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Get the Davis. Very small amp draw and turns on by itself.
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where do you buy a small oil lamp?
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Half the sailboaters in Desolation Sound were using Home Depot solar powered landscaping lights this summer, me included. $19 for a pair. Brighter than an oil lamp, set it and forget it all summer long.

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Walmart....14.95 for 4 solar yard lights.I put two in the cabin and two above. Then forget them.
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Of course, if you decide to go the Home Depot solar light route, and you get hit, you're probably going to get sued and lose. The requirements are that the anchor light must be visible for 2 nm...

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I am a huge believer in oil lanterns hung 6 feet above deck from the headstay rather than a masthead light. Lights at the top of the mast can get lost in the stars and people entering anchorages in the dark are generally searching the water at eye level for hulls of anchored boats. Three years ago a commercial fishing boat motored out through Point Judith RI Harbor of Refuge and dropped his trawling arms. Took out the mizzen and rigging of a ketch anchored in the Harbor of Refuge. The falling mizzen mast almost killed the sailor as he scrambled out the companionway to see what the hell was going on. Captain of the fishing vessel told the USCG that he mistook the masthead anchor light for the lights of a plane...


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I guess that captain didn't see the big stick under the light.

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