Originally Posted by senormechanico
It's similar to dinghying back to your boat in a very dark, crowded anchorage when some people don't use an anchor
You can almost hit an anchored boat even if you're going very slowly.
The only way you know they're there is by some ethereal "feeling".
This is what I've done to help that situation. I have a 12v plug-in anchor
light I hang from the boom. Much better than the masthead anchor light which I also have, because it lights up the deck
and indicates the boat clearly. Most cruisers probably do something similar at anchor.
But in addition to that one legit and legal
anchor light, I take the "belts and braces" approach and I also have a half-dozen solar-powered lawn lights on my lifeline posts both sides, fore and aft. I used quality white tape to affix 8" segments of approx. 1" O.D. pvc tube to the tops of my white lifeline posts. They are barely noticeable without the solar
lights. At anchor, I drop the solar
lights into these 6 pvc tubes, and they clearly show the entire vessel, how it is situated, etc. They also look nice, and make walking around the decks at anchor on a dark night very easy.
The white pvc tubes might look funky on a standard stainless steel lifeline stanchion, but you can adapt to suit your vessel, placing them on the bow and stern pulpits etc. It's a huge improvement at anchor over a masthead light or single cockpit
PS: Standard solar lawn lights also fit right into the top of a cockpit winch
, like they were made to go there. (Without the detachable dirt spike, of course.)