I fitted nav lights to my console recently and the next step was to come up with an idea for fitting a new all-round navigation/anchor light to my ski-wake frame, as I want to do some evening fishing during the coming ribbing season.
I couldn’t mount the light on top of the central boss because I don’t have a 6mm drill long enough to get down through the centre to accommodate the wiring, it’s about (140mm). Also the wiring for the light couldn’t be routed down the outside of the boss as it would interfere with the ski rope that locates in the grooves of the ski pole.
I milled up a bracket plate and turned some fittings in the machine shop over the weekend using some stainless steel that I was saving for a rainy day.
The bracket locates centrally around the ski boss and is held in position by a couple of 5mm dog grub screws. This makes the plate easily rotateable into any desired position and also enables removal so I can still lay up the RIB into the garage during the winter months. The 19mm mast tube is tig welded into the fittings which are then fastened with 4mm machine screws to the bracket plate and light fitting respectively.
I decided to drill and “fish” the wiring through the frame as IMHO the job looks much neater than using external cable ties. The rubber sealing grommets for the wiring cost pennies from the local hardware shop.