Finally I have mounted the Aquasignal 3colour/anchor LED masthead light, which I bought last autumn. I was strongly stimulated to do so, since the 3colour light worked intermittently when we came back from London last week in a 1.5 day sail. Bad contact probably.
We expect quite some night sailing this summer. Netherlands
, Belgium and back. (we have a good heating)
Mounting was less straightforward than I thought. Especially since I had to go up the mast
First, I needed to borrow a bosun's chair with a shorter strap then my own, otherwise I was too low to look over the top of the mast
. And you need to use the boom lift
(with the mainsail halyard
as back-up), otherwise you are too low...
Then it turned out that the original Aquasignal is not of the quick one-hand release version as in a previous post (the movie). So the total unit, with the lower socket part, had to be exchanged.
Next: one of the screws was so tight, that I needed my full power. It broke off. This required a saw and file to remove the part sticking out.
Furthermore the new light has a slightly larger diameter than the original. It will touch a big nut on the top of the mast. This means 3 new holes for the screws, or filing off a little bit of the new light's side. I did the latter.
connection, and securing of the cable, was a piece of cake. I used pegs to prevent the cable from falling down the mast.
Next I could drill a hole next to the broken-off screw because the Aqua Signal light has slotted holes. Just enough space.
Final mounting of the light in the socket is indeed very simple. The only simple thing basically.
I was up in the mast around 2 1/2 hours, with Marin acting as operating nurse to put tools and parts
in the bucket. I always attach a line to the bosun's chair, to lift
I was quite unlucky that one of the 3 screws was so tight. You may be luckier. Maybe wait until the mast needs to be taken off anyhow.......
If you seldom sail at night, and mainly use the anchor light, it is simpler and cheaper to exchange only the 10W anchor light bulb with a suitable LED version. There are many that will do the job.