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Old 13 October 2009, 04:28   #1
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Navigation lights for Zodiac 3.1m SIB

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New to the forum. Does anyone have any good ideas about navigation lights for my Zodiac 3.1m SIB? Seen a couple of things on various websites but am looking for a recommendation on what works well on SIBs. Thanks a lot, Tim
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Old 13 October 2009, 04:41   #2
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think a lot is how much you are going to use them and where ,,busy shipping channels or just for emergencys if you get caught out,,, i carry the battery operated lights ,think they cost me about 12,couple of years ago ,depending how fast you are wanting to go just one all aound white lights ok if you only go below 7 knots,i got a red ,a green, and a white in the kit ,however you do mount them ,make sure the white is over 1 metre higher up than the red/green ,,,for just using a single whiteall around light some of the small camping type lanterns are ok,,,dont know which model zodiac yours is but some older models had a mounting for a flag/on the bow which could be utilised for mounting a pair of nav lights,
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Thanks for that. The all round white i've spotted is the Navi Light 360 - anyone got any experience of this and how to attach it to the SIB? Thanks...
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I use these removable LED navigation lights. They run on 4 AAA batteries per light. For this application, don't mess around and just get some lithium batteries for it. The shelf life, cold weather performance and the longevity of the lithium batteries (especially when running LEDs) will be well worth the extra cost of the lithiums.

http://www.innovativelight.com/batte...1_11535_1.cfm#

The lights have several attachment options, but I'll be modifying the attachment system slightly to make it more secure while still easily removable. The attachment system will incorporate some Scotty quick mount fittings which are extremely secure & and quick to attach/detach. This mounting base will be attache on both the transom and on the lid of the bow storage box;

http://www.scotty.com/fishing-gear-e...eck-mounts.htm

A modified post (of appropriate height) with this end fitting will be connected to the posts (short post at bow, longer at stern) that come with the light units;

http://www.scotty.com/fishing-gear-e...-extenders.htm
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Lot's of ways to carry nav lights. I stayed away from battery powered lights. Here in the US those low power lights limit the boat to under 7 knots and I want to be seen with all of the traffic here in the main channel. I went for 3nm lights. Installed the front combo red and green light on a plastic cutting board and strap it down to the two d rings and the metal tow ring on the front. Easily removable and the handles on the cutting board made it easy to strap down. Extended a short 3nm all around light with an aluminum tube and it bolts on my transom. Height is good when you wish to be seen. Installed sealable "cigarette lighter" outlets up under my dash to plug into. Don't forget to wire in a fuse! Great visibility and no speed limit here (other than common sense). Maybe the pics will give you some ideas of your own.
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Older style Zodiacs used to be able to secure battery operated navigation lights to the bow under the pennant. Zodiac still make them (reference Z1097), but I'm not sure how they attach.

I fitted a stainless steel stern light to the transom. It can accept a red/green filter lens or you can use it as a stern light without the filter. Works off the main engine with the addition of a marine switch.
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THanks guys for the info. Have settled on the Navi Light for an all round white and have found these Guardian button lights as side lights, which look pretty cool. The clip means they can be attached to the side straps easily without the need for any additional attachments.

http://www.watersportswarehouse.co.u...re-676960.html

Happy SIBbing!

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those side lights don't look like they are the required 120 degrees? They also seem to be blue/red not green/red ?
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those side lights don't look like they are the required 120 degrees? They also seem to be blue/red not green/red ?
Good point. Don't mean to be pedantic but its 112.5.

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[QUOTE=spartacus;321072] Older style Zodiacs used to be able to secure battery operated navigation lights to the bow under the pennant. Zodiac still make them (reference Z1097), but I'm not sure how they attach.


The pennant or flag was screwed into a brass or bronze thread ,which was under a small hole on top of the bow dodger above the emblem ,,,the lights,,paired together just screwed into that ,,though on some later models it was not fitted ,,
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