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Old 19 February 2011, 11:08   #1
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lighting boards

hi all

i need a bit of advise in regards to lighting boards
my transom in level with the ends of the bunks
and my trailer board is bellow the bunks but i have
heard that the lighting board must be infront of
the outboard also my tubes extend possibly about
1 ft past the trailer end, so my question is do i
need to move my trailer board in front of the engine


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Old 19 February 2011, 13:12   #2
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I don't know what the regulations state, but I've had mine behind the outboard and tubes ever since I've trailered boats and never had a problem with the law. Providing the lights and number plate aren't obscured by the outboard leg I reckon you'll be OK. Don't forget the Prop bag however
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Old 19 February 2011, 13:16   #3
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What Andy said

I used mine for the first time in years last week ( it even all worked ! ) . Skeg sticks out 3feet from back of boat when tilted for towing , lighting board is maybe in line with the transom .......

I do have a very bright prop bag fitted as I'd hate to think what damage it couild do if hit from behind ( let alone the damage to the boat).
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Old 19 February 2011, 15:12   #4
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I've done thousands of miles with mine set up as the image below, and despite not being completely legal I've never been stopped.

A police motorcyclist once spent a couple of miles alongside checking the rig out going down the A31 and just waved when he finaly overtook us.

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Old 20 February 2011, 17:26   #5
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May be having a blonde moment but what's not legal about that picture? The protruberance is clearly marked (prop bag), not obscuring the number plate, and less than 2m long (probably less than a metre), and the board is less than a metre up from the original one.

I thought this was pretty much the best practice ?
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Mmm, I always strap the board to the A Frame simply because I reckoned it was most visible there. Should i have it lower than this then?
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I'm thinking (and have always done) same as Shaz - namely that the outboard is a protrusion, and so must be marked as such. if it's less than 1M, problem solved.

I have a similar towing setup to Nasher, and have never been stopped.

Also if you are keeping it strictly legal, the tail lights need to be less than a certain height off the road, (1.5 m rings a bell?) although as can be seen from busses & vans, the rear number plate can be pretty much anywhere on the back of the vehicle, as long as it's illuminated.
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i shall post a picture of my situation and ask for peoples opinions
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On my set up the prop bag is well over 1m from the numberplate, and of course it's not just the engine and prop that stick out, but the tube cones as well.

However, the biggest issue is that from directly behind, and in a good arc either side at least part of the numberplate is obscured at all times unless you are laying on the floor.
From behind the wheel of a following car directly behind only the first and last letters of the nunmberplate are visible.

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I think the ideal situation (which is not what I do incidentally !) would be to have extension bars on the trailer which put the lighting board behind the engine leg,that way the lights are at a similar height to an unladen trailer and you might not actually legally require a prop bag? as the prop is technically inside the circumferance of the trailer.
That's what our newest trailer has got anyway.
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