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Old 02-03-2014, 03:32   #16
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Re: Solar anchor light?

I agree with other posters that garden led lights from Wal-Mart, although good for somethings, are not a substitute for a good anchor light.

I keep a Hunter 31 on the hook near a busy waterway and needed an anchor light that was autonomous and legal. Mcdermott made the perfect light for my situation.

Solar Marine Lights by McDermott

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http://www.mcdermottlight.com/images/TOPHAT-FLAT.pdf

These light are built like a tank, but they are not cheep either. Been going strong for 4 years on the original battery and lasts for multiple days with out sun. Manufacture states a visibility of 3nm.

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:23   #17
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Re: Solar anchor light?

Solar garden lights are OK as supplemental to a proper anchor light, but are way too dim too be legal (or practical) and don't tend to hold their charge for an entire night. I've had to dodge around unlit boats many times who used solar lights that only lasted a few hours into the night.

I have an Aquasignal combined fixture (anchor + tricolor). I replaced the original incandescent bulbs w LED towers. Way bright. Minimal draw. Plan to add a photo cell into the circuit for auto on/off.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:09   #18
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Re: Solar anchor light?

Hello,

Garden path lights for NAV lights... That is in the same category as using bed sheets for sails !!!

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Old 03-03-2014, 06:53   #19
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I've had to dodge around unlit boats many times who used solar lights that only lasted a few hours into the night.
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Get a bright anchor light. Even better if it mounted low. If it it bright enough to illuminate the superstructure you get bonus marks. Supplemental lights are great, but too many boats rely on dim garden lights as their only illumination

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Old 03-03-2014, 07:18   #20
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Re: Solar anchor light?

I am looking for a solar-powered main engine. I'd like to find one that uses no energy .
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:19   #21
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I am looking for a solar-powered main engine. I'd like to find one that uses no energy . It needs to be cheap and easy to install
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I am looking for a solar-powered main engine. I'd like to find one that uses no energy . It needs to be cheap and easy to install
I have one, it's alot like a bed sheet

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Get a bright anchor light. Even better if it mounted low.

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I have been using multiple Harbor Freight solar garden lights as anti dingy lights. Got a ten foot length of cheap PVC at Home Depot and cut it in four lengths and attached to life line posts using zip ties. The pipe on the garden lights fit inside the PVC. Just pull them out when I leave to cruise.

Even with this set up the garden lights are a little above eye level but folks are much more likely to notice them than if they have to look up at a 45 degree angle to see the USCG compliant mast head light you can see at over two miles.

It is often the case that folks in a dingy returning to their boat not only are not looking high in the sky where the masthead light is, they also may have been drinking a refreshing beverage.
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