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Old 30-11-2021, 16:57   #1
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Removing an Aqua Signal 40 Tricolor

I have an Aqua Signal Tricolor and the anchor light has failed. I believe it's the Quick-Fit model. Before I head up the mast I would like to know what to expect, how is the light removed? I assume there is a fixed base and the light fixture snaps on, twists on, or what? Looked up some Aqua Signal documents but have not found anything specific.
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I have an Aqua Signal Tricolor and the anchor light has failed. I believe it's the Quick-Fit model. Before I head up the mast I would like to know what to expect, how is the light removed? I assume there is a fixed base and the light fixture snaps on, twists on, or what? Looked up some Aqua Signal documents but have not found anything specific.
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On the lens cap, there should be a ring, turn/twist to the right to unlock ring. Lift ring slightly, then twist lens cap to right to unlock. Cap should lift off to get to bulbs. Bulbs have bayonet base (push down and twist to right to remove).

Reverse the process to lock in lens first, then the ring.
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This unit has been modified with LEDs and a special circuit board for the anchor light. The question really is, can I remove the whole fixture without removing wires? I need to take it down to remove the anchor light circuit board.
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You should be able to remove the upper portion (the fixture) and leave the base. The base has the same lock ring, turn to right to unlock. The upper fixture needs to be rocked a little and lifted out of the base.

If you have the base cover would cover it if you plan to leave it exposed for a length of time.
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There are two versions of the quick fit socket. The older one had a couple of tabs to hold it in place. They were very susceptible of coming loose on their own and you would end up loosing the light. Many owners supplemented the tabs with a screw through the two parts to lock it in place.

The newer version is as Bill O described.
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So I can remove the unit without any tools?
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I have owned two boats with an Aqua Signal Quick Fits model. Both had opposite tabs on the base that held the upper lights in place. Those have to be pushed in to remove the upper unit with the lenses and bulbs. Pushing in the tabs can be a bit difficult but both myself and my stepdaughter have been able to accomplish it. She would remove it and lower it to me in a bag, I would replace the appropriate bulb and send it back up to her to install, then I would test it with her still there.

I would not attempt to replace the bulbs while at the top of the mast.

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Sounds good, could we borrow her? This unit was modified by a company called Stecktronics in Marathon sometime between 10 and 20 years ago, so I don't know what version of the light is up there.
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At that age it most likely could use some new lenses too.
The plastic lenses lose a lot of their clarity after a few years, and they also become brittle.
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Sounds good, could we borrow her? This unit was modified by a company called Stecktronics in Marathon sometime between 10 and 20 years ago, so I don't know what version of the light is up there.
I'm sure she would be happy to help you out if you were in our neighborhood as she enjoys going up the mast. I have used her a number of times with projects on my boat. She is very smart, mechanically inclined and not afraid to get her hands dirty, often coming up with solutions others havn't thought of.

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I have an Aqua Signal Tricolor and the anchor light has failed. I believe it's the Quick-Fit model. Before I head up the mast I would like to know what to expect, how is the light removed? I assume there is a fixed base and the light fixture snaps on, twists on, or what? Looked up some Aqua Signal documents but have not found anything specific.
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You can remove the light without any tools by removing the ring (part 83514011 below) by turning it slightly and pulling the light up as per post #2, then bring it down to replace the bulb.
Mine had a surpise, the metals in the contact block attached to the quick-fit base (picture below) rusted and the screw holding the wire lost contact and would not come out. New block and base needed, for a bargain price of $80!! I bought a new and better all LED tricolor and anchor light for $150 (Optolamp).
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Thanks for all the information. This light has been modified with LEDs and a special circuit board that makes, or used to make, the anchor light do different functions. On at dusk, off at dawn, on steady, slow flash, fast flash, flash SOS. None of those functions work anymore. The dusk to dawn worked some time ago but does not seem to work anymore, maybe too much ambient light at the marina. All I want it to do is for it come on when I turn the breaker on and go off when I turn the breaker off.
Some time in the distant past we had a charter boat in the BVI with the flashing feature. It was great when you were in a crowded anchorage and coming back in the dinghy after dark.
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