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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-05-2011 06:13 PM
hal58
OGM Tricolor Light

Hello mrmisc, sorry to hear of the problem. Thatís an odd situation since their customer service has been great in the past. Donít give up. Maybe something else is happening on their end. Once you connect, Iíd be surprised if you do not end up with a good working Tricolor.
04-03-2011 12:55 PM
mrmisc
OGM Tricolor--- Be Warned

My friend and I both have 37' boats (Tartan & C&C) . We purchased the OGM Tricolor lights and have been duped. Both are not working properly. I actually used mine twice before failing. I suspected a bad wiring connection near the mast so I waited until this winter when the rig was down to investigate. I have repeatedly contacted them leaving messages and emails. Note it wasn't the wiring!!! No reply ever... My friend had the same luck. Just try and call them before buying anything. They are scoundrels. He bought a light from Bebi electronics and I'm shopping for a replacement now. How can we tolerate a $500 light plus labor and it works twice. These guys should be ashamed of the junk they sell and the marine industry shoundn't tolerate it.
02-09-2011 10:11 PM
mitiempo Rob
If the splice is done properly, with a good crimp and adhesive heat shrink it will be fine. All lights and some other equipment come with a pigtail. I doubt the manufacturer can help you.

See this link for the how-to of crimps that are trouble free.
Marine Wire Termination Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
02-09-2011 09:31 PM
prroots I'm still hoping someone has tried the Signal Mate. It's substantially cheaper, draws less current and has a much better warranty than the others I've looked at. Of course, I know nothing about it's quality.
Pete
02-09-2011 09:27 PM
mrmisc
Looking to Repair Orca Masthead Nav Lights

I installed a masthead Tricolor 2 seasons ago and I am having trouble. It's most likely the the splice near the top of the mast. It came with a short pigtail and I was never happy with the splice. I'm interested in purchasing a continuous cable from the bottom of the unit from Orca or finding a manufacturer to fab the cable. I've left 1 email and 2 voice messages for Orca over the past several weeks and received no response. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Rob
02-09-2011 06:39 PM
hal58 I purchased the OGM tri-color and I love it! Appears to be very well made. I had a couple of questions last year and their customer service was great. I know others that have it as well and so far all good news.
02-08-2011 06:28 PM
sailingdog The SignalMate looks like a good product, and seems reasonably priced, but I have no experience with it. I've had an OGM tri-anchor on my boat since 2006.

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Originally Posted by prroots View Post
Thanks for the recommendation. I must say their website leaves a lot to be desired. Under the news heading, the latest is 6 years old. When you click on other links, it reports 'fatal error'. Wonder what their problem is? If I didn't know better, I'd say they are bankrupt or going out of business? If they were a profitable, up and coming company you would think they could keep their website up to date. Maybe the LED business is suffering.

I briefly compared the OGM site to the Signal Mate site. The Signal mate draws less current (.3 vs .5 Amps), offers a 5 year vs 2 year warranty and cost $60-70 less. It is available in 2 or 3 wire version. I wonder why that wouldn't be the best choice?
Pete
02-08-2011 05:49 PM
prroots
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'd recommend the OGM tri-anchor, because it can be wired using just two wires, so you may be able to avoid running new wires down the mast.
Thanks for the recommendation. I must say their website leaves a lot to be desired. Under the news heading, the latest is 6 years old. When you click on other links, it reports 'fatal error'. Wonder what their problem is? If I didn't know better, I'd say they are bankrupt or going out of business? If they were a profitable, up and coming company you would think they could keep their website up to date. Maybe the LED business is suffering.

I briefly compared the OGM site to the Signal Mate site. The Signal mate draws less current (.3 vs .5 Amps), offers a 5 year vs 2 year warranty and cost $60-70 less. It is available in 2 or 3 wire version. I wonder why that wouldn't be the best choice?
Pete
02-08-2011 12:06 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by Argyle38 View Post
Interesting. I thought that maybe UL or someone similar might be contracted to verify adherence to the USCG rules. I would be willing to bet that European built boats must test to meet some CE/EU requirements. It would not surprise me at all if TUV had a marine division. It would take some specialized equipment, but nothing too outrageous.
Actually, if you've read the USCG specifications, you'd realize that it would take some fairly sophisticated equipment to test the nav lights for certification. It isn't as simple as whether they are visible at a given distance...it has a lot to do with the cutoff angles of the sector, the color of the light, etc.
02-08-2011 11:50 AM
Argyle38
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Argyle38
I don't believe manufacturers have their installation certified by the CG. Nor do I believe the CG even does that on recreational boats. They purchase the fixtures and install them, hopefully properly. The CG only certify the fixture/bulb combinations.
Interesting. I thought that maybe UL or someone similar might be contracted to verify adherence to the USCG rules. I would be willing to bet that European built boats must test to meet some CE/EU requirements. It would not surprise me at all if TUV had a marine division. It would take some specialized equipment, but nothing too outrageous.
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