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Old 23 April 2012, 06:31   #1
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Steaming light that is strong

I have a steaming light up on a pole behind the Radar. It wobbles even on flat water. Went out in a sea yesterday and it lasted 1 hour then the weld failed. Any ideas on what to use or any good sturdy designs that anyone has used. Picture attached of light before it failed. Pity they dont make radars with the light in the Top!!
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Old 23 April 2012, 10:39   #2
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It looks as though you are using it as a flagpole as well? If so the flag flapping about on it will speed up its demise for sure.
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It looks as though you are using it as a flagpole as well? If so the flag flapping about on it will speed up its demise for sure.
+1 on that, does not appear to be ideal !
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Weld a similar height SS light pole onto the port side of that A-frame. Opposite the radio aerial.

(crappy welds are just crappy though, get it done right)
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Even with no flag it wobbles. I was thinking may be a vertical pole on the opposite side to the VHF arial. This would take the bend and weakness out ? Otherwise thinking of getting a light similar to the ones found on a echomax and sticking it to the top of the radome ?
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I use one of these - battery powered and very strong magnetic attachment

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The problem you have identified is well known , especially with "off the shelf" fittings.

[QUOTE=redthunder;458191]Even with no flag it wobbles. /QUOTE]

I run a similar rig and set up and my all round nav light also wobbles.

However my "pole" was custom made by Redbay and has done over 100hrs without a problem.

Was yours made by Redbay? - if so the weld should not have failed -therefore send it back to Gary to get sorted. Otherwise get a heavy duty fitting made to overcome the problem.
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Was yours made by Redbay? - if so the weld should not have failed -therefore send it back to Gary to get sorted
And don't forget to tell him that you were using it as a flagpole in "a bit of a sea"

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Thats a great idea I think I'm going down that route. I might see if it will fix to an old go pro camera sucker then sucker it to the radar!!

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Thats a great idea I think I'm going down that route. I might see if it will fix to an old go pro camera sucker then sucker it to the radar!!

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The magnetic base is nice and flat - I would trust Silkaflex more than suckers - suckers always eventually loose suction and usually at the most inopportune moments!
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