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08-07-2014 04:49 AM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

I live aboard , but have to go to work at 5 am so I use a suction cup mounted light on a 20 litre bucket at the bow of my inflatable . Also a stern light on a pole . That way I can be seen in the dark while motoring to the boat ramp , should have saved my money and got a bag of rocks to throw at the fishos leaving the ramp at that time , they are to busy playing with chart plotters and fishing gear or cups of coffee to actually look where they are going . At least I can count on one or two days of the week to have an exciting start .
08-06-2014 09:46 PM
Capt Len
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Next time you break an oar in the dark or run out of gas and are hanging to a bouy or better yet drifting with the tide and wind for off shore islands or even better hanging to the upturned dink in 7 degree water just be thankful you didn't get suckered for the revenue grab.
08-06-2014 08:25 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Can't say I'll always use mine, particularly in a remote spot with no other traffic about... But in some areas - like South Florida, in particular - a failure to display proper lights, you're simply making yourself a target of a 'visit' from the water cops, and a guaranteed citation...
... be aware that the FWC is now checking the mandated height above the water/boat for the all-around white light on dinghies. If I remember correctly it must be 48 (?) inches above the dink's stern, definitely not the typical 'stuck to the top of an OB with a suction cup'. There were lots of BS public meetings with the FWC in the keys last winter over draconian and overzealous enforcement. The sum of those meetings was: there is no excuse for not anally following each and every boating law no matter how inane or not widely published. Such is just the typical 'revenue grab'.
08-06-2014 06:05 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

+1 on a l.e.d. hiking type headlamp. They are useful for all sorts of things on a boat. One of the major functions of any dink light, perhaps THE major function is making light to let you find your keys and get into the cabin after a night of carousing about town. It also helps you determine if you are on the right boat
08-06-2014 05:23 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

...and the siren could count as "some other means of making an efficient [sound] signal." (rule 33)
08-06-2014 04:33 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

if CruisingDad had been wearing that he might not have given himself a concussions too! Two for one!
08-06-2014 04:29 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

How about one of these?

With a clear/white lens, of course...
08-06-2014 04:19 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

I have tried a number of things over the 12 years I have been a liveaboard and a head torch works for me.

Cheap as chips.

I don't get blinded.

I can easily light up whatever I want.

My fancy LED one died so I am back on my reserve but one that switches from one LED to five then twelve is good.
08-06-2014 03:16 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?


We are known to use the old 'go-cup' technique. A translucent (not clear) drink cup over a flashlight

But then we got fancy and got a LUCI which is a solar powered folding light:

If you drop the LUCI it floats!
08-06-2014 02:54 PM
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

It annoys the crap out of me that dingy manufactures haven't come into the 21st century and found a way to use LED bow lights permanently mounted on their smaller boats.

I have a Achilles, love it, but for $3000 I should get a $20 bow light run by two AA batteries don't ya think??? WTH

I resort to duct tape for the bow light...classy right
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