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Old 16 November 2009, 11:45   #41
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Thats a neat solution - thank you - makes more sense without taking apart all the hard work

Can't believe a battery is cheaper than LED bulbs - shocking

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Old 16 November 2009, 11:51   #42
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he's already rectified my compass error
What! Are you telling us he had you professionally "Swung"?

Generally one of the lads on here would have lent a hand....

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willks you are encourageable but also bloomin funny ....it's annoying

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Old 16 November 2009, 12:16   #44
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A battery cut off switch was added



And a lamp socket for a hand held spotlight



The console wiring became slightly more complicated





For the AIS (Engine 2) and Echo Max Active X Radar reflector we needed to ensure a dry installation. The driest area on our RIB is inside the jockey console as this is a sealed unit. Using a good quality tupperware box and lots of marine mastic both units were fitted







With the awful weather we have had recently there is no sign of water ingress or condensation - so we hope this works in the real world when at sea!! We realise there is a risk that water will get in but felt it was worth taking - will update you once we have trialled it



In addition to the new gizmos we also swapped the GPS for a newer version (GPSMAP 550S), wired the radio to the GPS in order to facilitate the DSC function and added an old speaker so the AIS and Active X could be heard above the noise of the RIB

Windscreen still to be attached



We still need to install the GPS tracker

Finally when I say we - that's more of a royal we as I had hubby doing all the work - I watched !! - so if I can't help answer any questions I'm sure he will be able to!!

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.. you need the all round white to be clearly visible and above the port and starboard ones (which are both fine as far as I can see).
I reckon there'll be times when the 1000mm separation rule is met


It all depends on the sea conditions. Get the old SR bobbing about on some waves and those light brackets will be bouncing about like Katie Price on a trampoline.


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I am prepared to bet a beer that KY's A frame changes design more than once before the start of summer '10!
Errrr - no thanks
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Just a note of caution though, the positionioning of the all round white light should be at a height of not less that 2.5 m above the gunwale
KY - another not of caution before you (or anyone else) goes adding a couple of metres of steel to there a-frame... ...check the rule book - i'm pretty sure the greater than 2.5m part only applies to vessels over 12m long.
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Get the old SR bobbing about on some waves and those light brackets will be bouncing about like Katie Price on a trampoline.
- god I hope not!!!

Polwart - thanks for the update - we won't make any major changes yet - it might end in divorce

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KY, gonna stick in me 2p's worth for what it's worth... probably 2p.
Although the 1mtr separation is the rule, I can't say I've ever had any difficulty seeing or identifying a wee boat with less separation because of the the lack of separation. It needs to be above head height tho.
Your spot lights are silly, a bit harsh sounding but at sea there is nothing for the light to reflect back from as there is on land. The light will bounce off the water and continue on its way shining at the sky. They will totally destroy your night vision, even your instruments will do this unless they dim very low and I mean VERY low. The lights may be useful in harbour if there's no other lighting and as deck lights but rather more light than necessary. They will however frighten the seagulls from the water and preventing you running them down. Seriously.
Your active antenna will not make you a target as big as a tanker but perhaps you were just having fun and being a wee bit facetious.

Don't ask me how I know these things....
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Thanks JW - the spots are really for deck lights as we would like to do some night fishing at some point - to be honest I had'nt really thought of using them whilst going along but I think the points you have raised along with some of the others regarding their effectiveness is important - thank you - so please don't apologise for your two pennies

Had no idea seagulls could be an issue either

The Active X comment was slightly tongue in check - I just hope it makes us slightly more visable than our previous install - which was nothing

Anyway how do you know all this........
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Bloody handsome bloke in those pictures KY!!
Notice how he is even working in the dark??
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