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Old 25-05-2018, 08:12   #1
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Emergency anchor light?

I am looking for a cheap battery powered solution, would a simple LED camping lantern do the job?

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Yes, that's what I use all the time.

You can buy them at different strengths also and many are adjustable
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Yes, that's what I use all the time.

You can buy them at different strengths also and many are adjustable
Thanks. I'll get myself one and see how they fare in pouring rain. Maybe add some sikaflex here and there
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Luci light. Cheap, durable, and has a thousand other uses. I have three on my boat and could not live without them. Give them a good charge and they will last all night.



In crowded anchorages with drunk dinghy drivers I hang one of these on my forestay, shoulder height, even with my masthead anchor light on. They have straps for hanging top and bottom.
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Old 25-05-2018, 12:40   #5
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Davis makes one with built-in photo-sensor.

https://www.cruisingsolutions.com/co...y-anchor-light
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Luci light. Cheap, durable, and has a thousand other uses. I have three on my boat and could not live without them. Give them a good charge and they will last all night.



In crowded anchorages with drunk dinghy drivers I hang one of these on my forestay, shoulder height, even with my masthead anchor light on. They have straps for hanging top and bottom.
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Even an anchor light should be visible for 2 miles for someone with normal vision. If it is really bright at 1/2 mile, it will probably let others see and avoid you, drunks excepted.

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Luci light. Cheap, durable, and has a thousand other uses. I have three on my boat and could not live without them. Give them a good charge and they will last all night.



In crowded anchorages with drunk dinghy drivers I hang one of these on my forestay, shoulder height, even with my masthead anchor light on. They have straps for hanging top and bottom.
The ones I had would never last the night
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Even an anchor light should be visible for 2 miles for someone with normal vision. If it is really bright at 1/2 mile, it will probably let others see and avoid you, drunks excepted.

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And there is your problem, a cheap battery lantern or even a gas Coleman Lantern hoisted up the mast on a Halyard may well be as if not more effective than a certified anchor light, not having a certified light may be just the excuse an Insurence company needs to not pay you, other guys Insurence company also, or it may be all that is needed for the accident to be largely your fault.
Supplemental lights are I think excellent to hopefully give the drunks and others something to see, cause how often do people look up in the stars looking to find a boat in an anchorage?
Most of us look five or six feet off of the water for a hull.
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...not having a certified light may be just the excuse an Insurence company needs to not pay you, other guys Insurence company also, or it may be all that is needed for the accident to be largely your fault.
This is probably the most important comment in this thread so far. In the event of any kind of accident involving or even near you, this WILL come up in the investigation.

Can you get away with saving a few bucks? Probably. Is it worth it to risk everything you own and ever will own? You decide.
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As an emergency anchor light or even a supplemental light it would be good. As others have said not as the sole light.
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Leaving on cabin lights or a cockpit light is very effective. The whole boat will glow. I've been know to do this when there are drunks in RIBs and speed boats around.
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This is probably the most important comment in this thread so far. In the event of any kind of accident involving or even near you, this WILL come up in the investigation.
This sort of statement comes up often, yet I have never heard of any factual occurrence where it has lead to a judgement against the user of a light that met visibility regs but was not "certified".

You seem quite sure that it will be invoked, so doubtless you can provide a link or reference to an actual case where it has done so.

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Re: Emergency anchor light?

The best backup anchor light might be, another anchor light.


An inexpensive sealed unit from amazon with a long cord added to plug in below while it hangs somewhere over the boom.




Edit to add, .. emergency? As in no battery power? Maybe one of those battery powered all around white lights made for use on dighys.
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This sort of statement comes up often, yet I have never heard of any factual occurrence where it has lead to a judgement against the user of a light that met visibility regs but was not "certified".

You seem quite sure that it will be invoked, so doubtless you can provide a link or reference to an actual case where it has done so.

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Jim, I likely couldn’t find it, but there was reference of a case on here jus the other day where a boat at anchor was found partially responsible for the collision because they were not displaying the proper day shape.
Other than the rare large Commercial Boat, I have only ever seen one other anchor ball.
That was in the mooring field in Vero Beach Fl.

Plus on another note, not having and displaying proper equipment often has you having unexpected guests.
I’d just as soon not have to explain to whatever LEO that a battery powered lantern was a proper anchor light.

As an aside note, I just had our boat, and dinghy inspected by the USCG auxiliary to get the little sticker so that hopefully this year I won’t be pestered as much. This is the card he handed me, I was surprised by it, cause I have never in my life been properly equipped in my canoe etcClick image for larger version

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You left the US I assume before 911? If so that explains it, this is not the same USA as it was before 911.
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