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Old 20 June 2015, 16:57   #1
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Making launching simpler - submersible trailer lights?

I think I would use the boat more if the launching was less of a faff. To that end I am thinking that permanently fitted submersible led lights would be one less thing to mess around with.

However I often recover using a rope so I am concerned about water getting into the cable plug? What are people's experiences? Can this reallybecome fit and forget?
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Old 20 June 2015, 17:02   #2
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I used led autolamps on my trailer. Been on 3 years now with no problems.

Just attach the cable to the bottom of the winch post instead of the front of the trailer. That way you have enough cable to attach the plug up beside the winch out of the water.

I use a 13pin plug on mine which is plugged into either the vehicle or a dummy socket on the trailer to keep it out of harms way.
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I shall be having a go when I get round to it
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Old 20 June 2015, 17:11   #4
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Remind me, what is a trailer board?
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I used led autolamps on my trailer. Been on 3 years now with no problems.

Just attach the cable to the bottom of the winch post instead of the front of the trailer. That way you have enough cable to attach the plug up beside the winch out of the water.

I use a 13pin plug on mine which is plugged into either the vehicle or a dummy socket on the trailer to keep it out of harms way.
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Old 21 June 2015, 03:05   #6
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Been using led lights on my trailer for years and have yet to have any fail.
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I have them fitted on my new trailer but still take it off as I think it gets in the way of L and R on our very shallow slip. Only takes a minute to do. Rather be safe than have to buy new board. It's not a big thing in the whole scheme of things. Just my opinion and preference.


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So virtually no-one answered on the front end. My thoughts are either you need to have a dummy mount for the plug (caravans often have them or a real socket) placed high enough that it will never dunk. Sounds great - but will it still get splashed and then get salt water in probably the worst ever invented connector! Or terminate the cable with a proper waterproof fitting on the trailer and then a short trailer to car link. That means another set of connectors...

BUT -

Would it not be better to find a better way to quick attach and release the existing board? Think dinghy sailors find it easier than ribbers becuase they just clip onto the rudder pintle/gudgeon? You need something that clips as easy as that and then some little clips to hold the wire in the right place...

But more importantly I thought the wiley girl from the East was the reason you don't get out as much as you'd like... ...that and the need to have the place swept for mines before you go out incase the mod assasination attempts have resumed ;-)
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One of the reasons I changed to 13pin electrics is the fact that it will lock in and provide a splash proof connection.

I stopped using trailer boards because it was a nightmare to find somewhere to store the board when i was away for the day.

An added benefit is when i am recovering in the dark I can see the trailer and marker lights which help for positioning when driving the boat on.
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