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Old 10-02-2009, 22:37   #1
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How do I put Nav lights on 1" SS Tube?


Hi Folks

(I hate coming to this area of the forum because its always about something I can't do )

I may need to change my Nav lights to red and green individual sidelights as I can't get LED combined nav lights (lets not discuss that here please)

I need to work out how I am going to fix the 2 side lights onto the SS pipes of my pulpit.

I don't wish for the expense of getting stainless steel plates welded.

I have creeped through the chandlery and can't find nuttin

Can you help?

Below photo shows setup and I dont mind where / how its done.

Creative solutions can sometimes be the best and cheapest

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starboard and some stainless clamps?
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Can you give me a hint please? I only know my port from my starboard.
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Hi, Mark
Though you asked me not to, I have to ask...
Is there a particular reason why you can't replace the bulb in your current set-up with an LED bulb? I recently did this in my (separate, dedicated port and starboard) nav lights. A replacement bulb was about $35 kiwi. there are several different "types" available...dual pin, offset pin, bayonet, etc.
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Mark..."star-board" is a product. Looks like the material that plastic cutting boards are made from. Great for marine applications...no corrosion, cutable and shapable, does not rot or deform, easy to work with.
Or you could use teak mounting blocks, with SS hardware, for a more-traditional look.
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Old 10-02-2009, 23:18   #6
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Is there a particular reason why you can't replace the bulb in your current set-up with an LED bulb?
Hi John,

Good to see you!

The LED turned our green to blue and the red can be seen for about 100 meters.

Thanks for the Star Board discription. That sounds like the go


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Wood, U bolts, perspiration...

I have mounted the port and starboard lights on Boracay's pulpit using a wood block and a "U" bolt.

It is not entirely satisfactory (moves if I look at it) but will do for now.

I'll replace it when I get some proper LED lights.
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A couple of bits of plywood as the base, a couple of wedges of wood to correct the angle (if you want to be legal and fussy). Use cable ties to hold the plywood to the rail until you can make a nice permanent setup using u bolts or a welder.
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Mark Have you looked at the rail clamps which are in most boat shops?
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A couple of bits of plywood as the base, a couple of wedges of wood to correct the angle (if you want to be legal and fussy). Use cable ties to hold the plywood to the rail until you can make a nice permanent setup using u bolts or a welder.
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Mark Have you looked at the rail clamps which are in most boat shops?
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Yes but I can't find the right ones. The closest to what I was looking for was for fishing rod holders. I thought there must be a variety to do most anything including things to slide around to the corect angle to compensate for angle as Wotname describes above.

There sure as hell aint a bunch of stuff near the nav lights with a sign saying "Now you've spent heaps on nav lights, shell out more for a bracket..."

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You might want to look at the brackets that Aqua Signal sells. I went to the Defender Marine website, did a search on Aqua Signal Bracket .

There are about half a dozen different types.

I'd give a link but all I get is a message that says "cookies not accepted" or some such.

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Given that you're sailing a Beneteau you likely have either a Series 25 of Series 40 Aqua-Signal Bi-Color Bow Navigation Light. Accordingly, it would seem simpler--and less costly--to simply obtain a replacement clear lens from Aqua-Signal, for example from the same series Steaming Light, and then go with Dr. LED Bi-Color LED replacement bulbs.

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Aqua Signal makes an adjustable “Easy-Fit” Pulpit Rail Bracket, which sells for about $40.
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I am at the same place you are. I'm thinking about mounting 2 LED light into the exaxt same place where the current single light is. The 2 new lights would be back to back with a wedge between them. They would bolt onto that wedge. Then the wedge would bolt to the welded plate that's already there.

I haven't tried it yet. And like I said, I've come to the same conclusion you have. I need a new bow light, and I don't want to go backward but go with LEDs instead, and colored LEDs, not filtered LEDs that don't work -- it's a spectrum thing.

I posted about this elsewhere, with LED spectrums, for those interested. (It's posted on the site that had a link that led me here, so it ought to be ok to link back IMHO.) Here is the link.

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bene505, have you looked at the Lopolight? It is coast guard approved and is one assembly for Stb'd and Port. A bit pricey I think, but well made.
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