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Old 16 October 2009, 12:21   #11
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and dont forget that if you are fitting red /green side lights the all around white then needs to be at least 1 meter above the red green on a pole or short mast as KELSONS pics show .,,
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Old 16 October 2009, 13:07   #12
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and dont forget that if you are fitting red /green side lights the all around white then needs to be at least 1 meter above the red green on a pole or short mast as KELSONS pics show .,,
I'm guessing Kelson's pics are closer to 2ft than 1m ! Although whilst its possible to get all anal about it its probably more important that they are in visible locations than bang on 1m... IMHO
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The light is actually a little higher than it looks. The angle I took the picture from makes it look lower, but it is still not 1m above my nav lights when on the trailer! Dang, one more thing to fix when I get around to it. I guess the 1 m rule would be based off the boat at rest, because the bow lights relative height sure changes a lot depending on speed, waves and weight in the boat. I have been stopped (it was one of my all too frequent paranoid U.S. Homeland security random hassles) and the Harbor Patrol commented that it was "Nice to see an inflatable with real lights". Still think I'll install a new longer extension soon. Thanks for the heads up! For some reason the Harbor Patrol, the Lifeguards and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) are drawn to the red boat so I have to be on top of it. I see a lot of kayak fishermen with those battery powered lights and they are hard to spot until you get close. Go bright.
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I did have a pair of the regular battery operated lights, the LED versions are quite a bit brighter. If I were to keep a marine battery on the boat, I'd probably use a system similar to Kelson's. For me it's just not practical to lug around a marine battery in the inflatable simply to operate some lights.
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I have been stopped (it was one of my all too frequent paranoid U.S. Homeland security random hassles) and the Harbor Patrol commented that it was "Nice to see an inflatable with real lights". Still think I'll install a new longer extension soon. Thanks for the heads up! For some reason the Harbor Patrol, the Lifeguards and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) are drawn to the red boat so I have to be on top of it. I see a lot of kayak fishermen with those battery powered lights and they are hard to spot until you get close. Go bright.
We're lucky to see any kind of 'official presence' in Scotland, especially along the Moray Firth coast or the west coast.
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Thanks guys for comments and advice - noted re the 1m high difference for the all round white, as well as the side light visibility issue. Appreciate the help
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Thanks guys for comments and advice - noted re the 1m high difference for the all round white, as well as the side light visibility issue. Appreciate the help
To fit the transom light you dont have any troble to stand it up just srub the light base to the transom in the other side you use to seat down to drive your boat, the green/red ligth on the bow, i bought a perco two lights in one and i make a solid base whit epoxi filler to fit the curve of the bow and glue two parts of velcro, one to the base and the other to the bow i use a deep cycle 12 volts battery
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To fit the transom light you dont have any troble to stand it up just srub the light base to the transom in the other side you use to seat down to drive your boat, the green/red ligth on the bow, i bought a perco two lights in one and i make a solid base whit epoxi filler to fit the curve of the bow and glue two parts of velcro, one to the base and the other to the bow i use a deep cycle 12 volts battery
i think in the uk you still need an all around white light ,even if you have a stern light fitted, unless its a sail boat ,,,no doubt someone will put me right ,,lol
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