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lights on a trailered sailboat

Hi all

on my new to me 19 footer I noticed it has a bow light. (noticed because the wires were just hanging in the cabin area) no other lights to speak of. Now I'm sure I can figure out how to put nav lights on her but thought I would ask if anyone has a good write up on doing it. Maybe save a little of the R&D time LOL. Obviously it would have to run off a batt as no power generation is onboard.
anyway, recommendations?

thanks............I'll ask fewer questions if the snow ever stops here so I can actually get her in the water. LOL
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

I assume it has a stern light as well. I'd check the condition of the wires, they may need replacing as well. Shouldn't be that much work to run new wires maybe even get some of those LED lights that draw very little. I saw a good write up on wiring but can't remember where at the moment. As I recall, it suggested that both soldering and crimping should be done.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

nope no stern light, i will have to purchase and mount one of those. (easy enough) i am thinking of LED lighting for lower elec draw. what about a mast light? is that required on a trailered boat that is not anchored out?
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

Vessels under sail alone between sunset and sunrise need only port & starboard running lights and a stern light. If you are under power at night you will need a steaming light. White 225 degree light facing forward 1 meter above the running lights. You may want to just get the portable ones that can be mounted just when you need them and stored below or some other place when not in use. Depends on how much work you want to do or how much night sailing you'll be doing.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

Trailer boat or not, you are still required to display the same lights as any other 19 Foot vessel.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

A vessel less than 7 meters will have the same lights as s vessel less that 20 meters (as stated above) if practicable but if these lights are not present, she must have a white, handheld flashlight or lantern readily available and must be shown in time to prevent collision.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

yep I know she'll need the lights if we go out at night. Probably just throwing in the portable lights. Just thinking about hardwiring the sockets for them. The front light is permanently mounted already.

I wasn't sure about the mast light. I used to have a power boat so that I am used to.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

The point is that you only need them if they are available. If they aren't just bring a flashlight. Completely legal for boats under 23 feet.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

I see. That is a good point. I do want to wire something
Up eventually though.
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Re: lights on a trailered sailboat

What is there to write up?

Battery, switch, lights. Batcha wire in between.

There must be a thousand web pages that show how to do that.
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