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Old 12 November 2002, 14:14   #11
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night time

Thanks for the advice certainly some food for thought there,the strobes are definatly a good idea cheap and effective!
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Old 12 November 2002, 15:00   #12
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Can anyone recommend any particular strobe?
These strike me as a really good idea-stowed somewhere on the boat and grabable. Also, if waterproof and small enough, a required "pocket" item in case one goes overboard at night.
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Old 13 November 2002, 02:56   #13
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Can anyone recommend any particular strobe?
Brian, as you know, I have frequently extolled the virtues of strobe lights at sea. I have always carried one because they are unmissable in the dark. With a low base the light bounces off the bottom of clouds and can be seen well over the horizon.

In my considered opinion, no night time RIB passage should be made without one attached to the lifejacket of each crew member.

The one I currently use and over the years it is the best I have come across is the Jotron AQ5. It retails at 47.95 and I bought mine on-line from Shamrock Quay Chandlery. The web address is...

www.shamrock.co.uk

I like this light because it is waterproof to a military spec and is a sensible shape (about the size of a pack of 20 Malboro!) with a clip for attaching to a belt or life-jacket.

Good bit of kit.

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Old 13 November 2002, 05:15   #14
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The only thing I would add is try to reduce reflection from lights on board, inst, nav etc.

I use tinted seathrough plastic over my instriments as they cant be dimed and have painted everything in front of the helming posistion grey or black, especially any stainless as it will easilly reflect light from your nav lights, the moon, other lights on board and other background light. This greatly increases your night vision.

Also, preperation, PPPPPP, a good simple pilotage plan with Courses to run, flashing sequences, referance points etc will go a long way to your safe passage.

(Enjoying night time passage making whilst young)

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Old 13 November 2002, 07:57   #15
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Toby's point is V sensible, for those of you who are gadget orientated then beware the Led type of fuel guage as they get very bright at nighttimes and I wind up switching mine off, which defeats the objest of having them really

If you can't run to 48 quid for a strobe, you can get a cheaper and probably inferior torch/strobe form Compass .co.uk it's waterproof to 20 M and flashes a lot before the batteries run out 12 hours?. If you want more info have a look at the site
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My life jackets have a little water activated strobe folded up inside. It makes locating people a lot easier, especially if they were knocked unconscious while exiting the boat.

I would also recommend reporting your passage to the coastguard at night.
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All very sensible advice. Particularly important is working out how to turn down the brightness of your chartplotter before you are out at night and need to do so!

For the ultimate in night timing ribbing accessories howabout a pair of these:

http://www.nightvisiongear.co.uk/Nig...les-NVS7-2.htm

A snip at Euro 3690!!



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Alan, I have used these a lot and the really good thing about them is when you hit something you can be honest and acurate when you fill in the insurance claim documents Alan P
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Hmmmm there cheap. Bloody hell. Thats about 2k
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Night vision for 400. Thought about it for the taxi.

http://www.imsplus.com/ims11.html
http://www.imsplus.com/ims11.html[/URL]

Also they are now developing wproof 12 volt infra red camera cctv and monitors for marine craft. That way you can record the semi submerged object that you hit, and then show it to the ins company! Would also make some riviting home video, ''the solent by night''.

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