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Old 24-04-2016, 13:08   #1
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Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

Hi All
I'm replacing the ancient (probably original) anchor light on the top of my Westerly Centaur's mast. I want a LED tricolour up there too to use when I'm sailing and have found these possibilities:
  • NASA Super Nova Combi Tri Anchor LED
  • Aqua Signal LED Tricolour Anchor HSG
  • Lalizas/FOS LA-71311
  • Mantagua 75 LED Tricolour with Anchor
Anyone have any experience of any of them? Or any others?
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

I wanna know too. Two trips across the Tasman and on both trips we lost our tri lights.
1st one we had traditional lights with LED repacements but not water-proof enough for LED's.
2nd trip on a different boat, Force 9 or 10, blew or shook the whole thing off leaving two wires sticking up.
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

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  • NASA Super Nova Combi Tri Anchor LED
  • Aqua Signal LED Tricolour Anchor HSG
  • Lalizas/FOS LA-71311
  • Mantagua 75 LED Tricolour with Anchor
Anyone have any experience of any of them? Or any others?
Sorry, no direct experience with any of these. One thing to watch for is the radio interference you might get with an LED light. You certainly want LEDs up there, but some lights will seriously interfere with VHF reception, especially if the antenna is at the masthead too.

Don't rely on the manufacturer claiming that the light meets FCC requirements -- it might meet the requirements, but still interfere. The requirements aren't nearly tough enough to prevent this kind of interference.

Marinebeam is a vendor that seems to know what they're doing when it comes to radio interference.

I personally have the Amazonia tri-color / anchor / strobe from Optolamp. This has been working well for many years and many miles, and puts out zero radio interference. The electrical interface is a bit quirky (reversing polarity for tri/anchor) so if you consider this one make sure you will be able to control it the way you want.
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Old 24-04-2016, 14:55   #4
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

We are very happy with our Stecktronix unit. The photocell control of the anchor light is a nice feature. Tricolor, anchor light, and strobe using one one pair of wires.

One Atlantic crossing under its belt with attendant weather. We are very glad we installed it.
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Old 24-04-2016, 15:30   #5
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

We've had an OGM tir-anchor for about 5 years and couldn't be happier. It's inches from our VHF antenna and I haven't noticed any interference. It's vastly brighter than my incandescent deck level nav lights.
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

Stecktronix. Very bright. Always works. Not cheap but worth it. My rigging company recommended it due to Stecktronix replacing some lights at great cost early in the development process. Now no issues in their experience.
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In my opinion best design and quality available on the market

http://k2wlights.com/index.php?id=3&L=1
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Optolamps. Simply the best. See http://www.neptunes-gear.com/index.p...-lighting.html



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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

Hmmm.... those K2 lights look very good - and very expensive (can't see a price anywhere) and probably overkill for my little boat. If I were setting off across oceans....
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

I just installed an AquaSignal series 34... waiting for the mast to be stepped. Looks well made and easy to install.
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Yes - that looks like the superest-duperest most robust one. It's also one of the most expensive. Of course!
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Would anyone have a link to the Stecktronix unit?

Mr Google is coming up blank...
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

I echo the concern re RF interference. A sailing instructor teaching a course said that he lost all AIS readings when he turned on his Tri-colour as he sailed the Pacific coast. With some trepidation I then bought and installed a Lunasea Tri-Colour and I have had no problems with such interference when tested in port. (Many boats seem to keep their AIS turned on in port, so it was easy to test.)
Unfortunately, the instructor did not know what brand of light was giving him the trouble. Not all LEDs are created equally.
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

I have installed various SignalMate LEDs, including tri-colors, on my last two boats and recommend them without reservation. High quality and no VHF interference.
https://signalmate.com
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Re: Which tricolour/anchor light should I buy?

Optolamp Amazonia Mirim 111 - LED Tri Color Navigation Light with Anchor and Strobe

I love mine... works awesome
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