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Re: Why don't boats have headlights?
In the long winters here in BC, I do most of my sailing at night. I think the reason so many don't get it is because they rarely go out at night. All workboats here have powerful headlights, and use them a lot. Due to logs, most plastic boaters try to make port before nightfall, and live in fear of getting caught out at night, so avoid it like the plague.
Thus most have zero experience with a headlight on the bow, and very little if any night sailing experience.
A spotlight lights up so much deck that the reflected light blinds you, so that you cant see much else. Tried that, doesn't work.
A spotlight on my bow pulpit, clear of any deck hardware to reflect it back, lights up only the water ahead of me , where I am going, and thus what matters. In open water it is hard to tell if it is on, as there is nothing to reflect it back. Only when something looms ahead, do you realize how bright it is.Coming and going at night, my LED spotlight on my bow pulpit has been a huge improvement, especially when motoring thru crowded anchorages at night.
Go for it ! It's only logical! Ignore the jeering amateurs!
Last edited by Brent Swain; 04-28-2014 at 02:59 PM.