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New Year Sailing

Hi all. Thinking about sailing new year's eve. Want to sail out to an uninhabited island just off of Apollo Beach in Tampa Bay. I have no lights on my boat as it is a day sailer primarily. If i get to the island and beach/anchor my boat on the island, do i need any lights for the night?
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Re: New Year Sailing

If you beach, no. If you anchor, yes, an anchor light, a lantern hung from the boom would do.
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Re: New Year Sailing

I know you are not required to have them under a certain size, but I would not want to be out in a boat without them. My issue is what happens if you are out and wind dies, and you have motor trouble? Or you are on the beach and get invited to a cook out, no I have to get back before dark. You can go real old school and get some old kerosene lamps. They should be available at many consignment shops.

There are LED anchor lights that are attached to a long cord and a cigarette lighter plug. But I would really consider putting on the cheapest LED nav lights I could find. You never know when you might get caught out late. LEDs will run for days off a normal starting battery, so you will not have to increase your battery bank.

Sounds like a good time!
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Re: New Year Sailing

A long time ago in a galaxie far away I had to sail a Lido14 across the main channel of Los Angeles/Long Beach harbor in the dark without lights, I'd recommend carrying some battery operated lights incase you get off schedule.
http://shop.sailnet.com/innovative-l...e-p-74855.html
Can't seem to get this link posted, but they have the lights in the store here.

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