I had one of the original non-led Davis Mega lights for maybe 15 years and it was excellent but if possible I still preferred the flickering kerosene camp light. when I first started cruising in the early '70s and was really impoverished I converted a small cylindrical glass cream/ointment jar (I worked in the pharmaceutical industry) with a plastic screw cap by fitting a bulbholder in the cap that took a 12v bayonet car bulb, it used more amps overnight than I like with a 5W bulb but in those days we didn't run the electronics
and fridgery/freezery stuff we do nowadays so there was less competition for the limited battery
capacity, just as well as we had just a 'Dynastart' dynamo/starter combination on a little 4hp Stuart Turner 2 stroke
petrol (gas) inboard.
I do like to see anchor lights in use as even with radar
and sharp eyes it gets hard weaving in and out of hundreds of unlit or masttop lit boats. In our latter days in European waters we had a big multi million candlepower handheld spotlight to aid spotting unlit boats and it was quite funny
seeing the pyama clad occupants scramble out on deck
waving a torch in response, these were wild and rocky narrow fjord in high cliffs type anchorages
on the French Atlantic (Bay of Biscay) coastline and outlying islands but they were often pretty well full of anchored boats.
I find it puzzling seeing boats anchored in the ICW
near us with no lights showing, although we occasionally see one with ALL the available nav lights on just to be really different. rarer still is to see the spherical black ball day signal shape in use in daylight and I had to order one in for our USA purchased boat
. I have still to locate or make a motor
sailing cone shape as these are rarer than hen's teeth hereabouts even though they are referred to in colregs ( I took a US boater exam out of interest to suck up to the USA insurance
company when we first arrived and had no previous history
with them I have since found Defender sell a set of shapes ( anchor and motorsailing) but eyewatering price
for a bit of flat black plastic DIY
assembly right up Ayetha's street however....