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Do you think spreader lights are worth having? In what situations have you found them helpful?

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I never use them.
I know my deck and can get around it at night, though I do have a torch in my pocket for intricate things.

I have used the deck lights to illuminate the boat better when a ship can't see me. But that's very seldom.

Maybe at anchor if the band is playing on the foredeck?
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Re: Spreader Lights

Have a deck light on the mast... very rarely if ever used.

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Re: Spreader Lights

Before cheap headlamps, handy. Now, not so much.

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Foredeck lite and strong headlamp seems to suffice but spreadrr lites would be nice.
Hard to have too much lite...
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Re: Spreader Lights

Lights like that destroy any night vision the helmsman might have. This would tend to make them dangerous to use under way. We find there is generally enough ambient light, even at 02h00 for example, for any usual sail handling operations. We don't have spreader lights. We don't have a band to play on the foredeck either, but that might be a good time to use them. Sheet music would be hard for the band members to read otherwise.
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I have a deck light under my steaming light....donít use it often but it is very nice to have sometimes:

Leave it on in a big and crowded anchorage to help finding my boat a bit easier when returning in my dinghy after dark;

Nice to have light on a relatively big area like the deck when doing projects at night at anchor;

Used it to illuminate the boat at night when my anchor light failed recently;

I havenít used it for the band, though, because most members or the Banjo Chorus canít read sheet music anyway!

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Yep, wouldn't leave the dock without them. Used them every night on a trip from Mobile Bay to Knoxville. I left them on at night to ward off evil tugs with barges. It worked, I'm here.

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Re: Spreader Lights

We like our LED spreader lights. They come in handy at anchor or at a dock, especially if you are entertaining guests or working on a maintenance project. Headlamps are fine but it's a lot nicer to brightly illuminate the entire deck.

A situation in an anchorage one night about a decade ago, before we had spreader lights, convinced us to install spreader lights. A very drunk couple was having a loud, vicious argument in their dinghy, which apparently had run out of fuel about 100' away from their large trawler. Eventually, the woman dove into the water and swam to the trawler. As soon as she climbed aboard, she fired up the engines, apparently intending to ditch the guy. At that moment, every boat in the anchorage turned on all of their lights. This woman was blind drunk, so everyone was trying to be as visible as possible. I looked out with a twinge of jealousy at the boats that had bright spreader lights. She immediately put the engines into gear and took off at full throttle, with the anchor still down. When the rode came taught, the snubber either came free from the chain or simply parted, and the chain began to free-spool. At this point, she must have realized something was wrong; the engines immediately shut down. The guy paddled the dinghy to trawler, climbed aboard and went inside the cabin. They weren't seen or heard from for the rest of the night, and neither one of them checked their anchor rode. Luckily, it was a calm night so there wasn't much stress on the anchor and their chain held. If she had succeeded in getting underway, it could have been a deadly scene in that anchorage.
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Re: Spreader Lights

Hmmm. As I posted in another thread, I'm rewiring mast and adding some stuff. I had decided against spreader lights, but now I'm re-thinking that.

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