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Old 09-26-2012
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Anchor light

We sail on Georgian Bay. Like most of us, we also try to manage our battery power. Many sailors around here now use solar lights in lieu of the mast anchor light, ourselves included. I am now looking for a solar light that actually has some power and can be seen from some reasonable distance (suffice to say that, in areas where I do expect night-time traffic, the anchor light goes on in any event).

Any suggestions?
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Re: Anchor light

I saw a sailboat anchored in Fairlee Creek, a small, Chesapeake Bay tributary, that had eight, solar LED lawn lights around the rails. It was about a 40 footer and looked like it was it was lit up like a Christmas tree. Everyone from one end of the creek to the other could easily see the boat.

I don't know if the lights had sufficient battery power to remain lit all night long, mainly because I didn't roll out of the bunk until about 9 a.m..

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Re: Anchor light

A proper marine led masthead light will use a fraction of an amp. It won't be cheap but you'll never have to think about it again. An entire night will use an Ah or two.

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Sea-Dog LED Masthead Light
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Re: Anchor light

hello Gary, I use them too, the most powerful ones I have found were at lowe"s in yes they do stay lit all night. Remember you get what you pay for, it might be better not to buy the cheapest one you can find...Captg
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Re: Anchor light

Solar garden lights are not really legal anchor lights.

You might try a portable anchor light like the Guest, which you can suspend from a halyard with a line attached to the bottom bail.

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Re: Anchor light

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A proper marine led masthead light will use a fraction of an amp. It won't be cheap but you'll never have to think about it again. An entire night will use an Ah or two.

Example:
Sea-Dog LED Masthead Light
Agreed, please use a real anchor light... In my observation, the solar lights I've seen many cruisers using are a pathetic excuse for an anchor light...

I highly recommend one of these variants from Bebi... Awesome product, lifetime guarantee, absolutely wonderful people to deal with...

LED Anchor Light-Waterproof & Rugged for Marine RV and Offgrid Use

Their website isn't the easiest to navigate, but it's worth poking around... Their combination bright white anchor/warm white cockpit light is a great solution to a deck level anchor light...
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Re: Anchor light

This is the one we use. It has always been the brightest in any anchorage that we have been in. And, it has a sensor so it turns off at dawn and on at dusk. And, at $35.50 plus shipping, it was easy on the pocket book!

I have no affiliation with the company but am a very satisfied customer.

We installed two spreader lights May of 2011 and we think they are terrific. Again - very low battery draw.

I have pictures of them on our boat if anyone needs them.

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Re: Anchor light

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I saw a sailboat anchored in Fairlee Creek, a small, Chesapeake Bay tributary, that had eight, solar LED lawn lights around the rails. It was about a 40 footer and looked like it was it was lit up like a Christmas tree. Everyone from one end of the creek to the other could easily see the boat....
That wouldn't satisfy either the COLREGS or the Inland Rules.

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...I don't know if the lights had sufficient battery power to remain lit all night long, mainly because I didn't roll out of the bunk until about 9 a.m..
I doubt they would be very bright by the wee hours of the night/morning. I have used several flavors of these little lawn lights at home, and none of them are very bright, if they're on at all, by 2 or 3 am.

I use an LED lantern, hanging in about the middle of the fore triangle. The one I use has four NiNH D-cells that last at least 20 hours. Having the anchor light in the fore triangle is a bit better, IMHO, than at the masthead in that it's far easier for the skipper of a boat tooling around or near an anchorage to spot it than it would be were it ~40 feet above the water. At 18 or 20 feet above the water the lantern is visible from much further away than the theoretical visibility of the lantern. The anchor light can have a small part of its arc obscured by the mast, and doesn't have to be at the tippy-top of the mast:

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Annex 1; section 9: All-round lights shall be so located as not to be obscured by masts, topmasts or structures within angular sectors of more than 6 degrees, except anchor lights prescribed in Rule 30, which need not be placed at an impracticable height above the hull.
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use an LED lantern, hanging in about the middle of the fore triangle. The one I use has four NiNH D-cells that last at least 20 hours. Having the anchor light in the fore triangle is a bit better, IMHO, than at the masthead in that it's far easier for the skipper of a boat tooling around or near an anchorage to spot it than it would be were it ~40 feet above the water.
I agree that low lights are a good idea. I do have a mast head Inland Rules/COLREGS legal anchor light. But I have noticed when coming back in the middle of the night that as you point out - one is looking where one is going, not 60 feet in the air for an anchor light. So I also have some very low current draw quite bright LED's (wired to the house bank, not solar) that are about the same height as the top of the rail. They are quite distinctive and help me find my own boat too!
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Solar garden lights are not really legal anchor lights.

You might try a portable anchor light like the Guest, which you can suspend from a halyard with a line attached to the bottom bail.
Really? Why? If your solar garden light is an all around-white light where it can be seen, then you're in compliance by my reading of rule 30 (b). Are you meaning to say that they're not Coast Guard Approved? Is there a federal or state law that I should be aware of that requires Coast Guard Approved anchor lights to be used?

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From THE RULES:
Rule 30 - Anchored Vessels and Vessels Aground

(a) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen:

(i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball;
(ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in subparagraph (i), an all-round white light.

(b) A vessel of less than 50 meters in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule.
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