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CRISTIAN Offline
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Posted: July 31 2007,19:00

For $90.00 or so anyone can buy the bow and stern lights.  Effective, yes. Clever, not so sure. Fun, definately dont think so.  Would anyone like to share their deck lighting ideas?
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Posted: Aug. 01 2007,16:50

STERN LIGHT:  FOUND ONE OF THOSE SUCTION CUP THINGS THAT GOES ON AN EXTENTION ROD FOR REMOVING LIGHT BULBS.  FILED DOWN THE THREADS, STUCK IN A MINI-MAG LITE.  CUT A HOLE IN A WIFFLE GOLF BALL AND STUCK THAT ON TOP.   WILL TEST VISIBILITY TONIGHT.

NOW FOR THE BOW LIGHTS........
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Posted: Aug. 02 2007,04:48

Personally I don't use night lights, tho I do carry a nice little high intensity around my neck - made by Black & Decker, water resistant, even comes with a cord.  Best part is that all it takes to activate it is a short pull against the cord (no fumbling for switches).  Only use it when needed (rarely).

And boy is it visible.  This keeps me legal and I use it only when I'm concerned about traffic.  Because it hangs free I can point it where needed, move it side-to-side to create a flashing effect if I wish, very visible.

I also have used the orange, cigar sized marine light that is meant to clip onto a life vest.  Waterproof, turn on/off by twisting the cap, easy.  This provides a steady light which gives a blinking effect with kayak movement.  

Both of these are cheap solutions.  A last option are the head, miner's type high intensity, with elastic to fit around your forehead/cap.  Many have different settings - steady, flash, etc. - and intensities.  Some with a red setting.  These are nice cause you control them with your head, point where needed.

Bottom line:

Law is that kayaks do not require having a light on at night, just that you have one on board, at the ready.  Flashing lights are for emergencies only.  I'm not big on structures that stay lit, may interfere with your vision, stick up to get caught on fishing lines, and cannot easily be attended to when out on the water.

If you really do want boatlike bow/stern lights, you might want to consider mounting it right behind your seat.  This way it will not interfere with fishing or your own night vision, can also attend to it easily.

Question:

Why do you want this on-the-water lighting system?



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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 02 2007,05:08

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Posted: Aug. 02 2007,14:07

i wanted the lights for the paddle to and from a spot.  Although I stay well clear of the channel ther are some open spots I have to cross.  Mostly from the jupiter lighthouse area, just east of the intercoastal to the north fork of the Loxahatchie.
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Posted: Aug. 03 2007,15:02

The C-light (orange cigar, $10) is probably your best bet quite visible, totally waterproof, easily operated, and you can easily mount it:

1. back of your lifevest or hat
2. on a PVC pole - just behind the seat, attach to milkcrate, flag pole holder.
3. easiest of all - just tie to your leader and hang from a fishing rod  

I like the last - it's high, hangs vertical, swings a bit (perfect) and easy to take down.  Attaching it to your lifevest is the safest - if you go over, you will have a light with you.  All of these mounting points are convenient and accessible on the water.

Sorry, I can't get excited about yet another structure attached to your kayak.  In any case the little yellow Black and Decker pull light around your neck is a must.  Very bright, easy on/off can use in any emergency and highly visible backup.

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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 03 2007,15:09

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