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4 Weeks Ago 12:51 PM
eherlihy
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
We tried using those as emergency bow lights last summer on a Maui - Vancouver passage. We lost two of them even after we wire-tied them to to pulpit. The lower case remained; the light was gone.

They might do for a coastal trip, but they are not suitable for offshore, IMHO.
Thanks Jack, but you do realize that this thread is about dinghy lights?
If you're taking your dink from Maui to Vancouver, you're a better (crazier) sailor than me...
4 Weeks Ago 12:23 PM
jackdale
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post

To replace these, I will probably go with this;
We tried using those as emergency bow lights last summer on a Maui - Vancouver passage. We lost two of them even after we wire-tied them to to pulpit. The lower case remained; the light was gone.

They might do for a coastal trip, but they are not suitable for offshore, IMHO.
4 Weeks Ago 11:26 AM
eherlihy
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

I have had both the Aqua Signal series 23 navigation lights for my dinghy since 2011 (white and bi-color).

I kept them aboard the boat on a dry shelf with the batteries removed when not in use. I found the all-around white light most useful as a flashlight on occasion (probably got 2 hours use) and probably used the bi-color light twice for less than 15 minutes TOTAL. At the end of last season (5 years) the white light was getting dim, and the bicolor light didn't work at all, so I replaced the 4 AA batteries the other day. No change in operation...

Flashlights that don't work, and empty staplers, are two of my pet peeves, so I investigated. If possible, I had hope that I could repair. If not, well they weren't working anyway...

I traced the problem down to the switch, which is mounted in the rubber encased body of the light. I had to tear the light apart, but here is what I discovered; it seems that the lights are water resistant, not waterproof. Any moisture that can get into the body of the light will eventually make its way to the switch, and corrode the contacts of the switch. There is a small hollow rivet which provides a path for the moisture to get here, and it will eventually corrode the contacts. I believe that they have a 2 star rating at Jamestown Distributors.

If any of you depend on these lights, I suggest that you inject Boeshield into the rivet hole under the switch at least annually.

In the meantime, I have two LED lights, and two lenses, one clear, and the other bicolored that are of no use to me.

To replace these, I will probably go with this;
08-07-2014 04:49 AM
Oldboyracer
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
RichH
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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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
smurphny
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
eherlihy
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
T37Chef
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
eherlihy
Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

How about one of these?



With a clear/white lens, of course...
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