Boat Lighting

Hey All

 

just wondering what all you guys use for lighting on your boat for night fishing.

we haev to square led worklights for the deck but wanted to know what you guys have for the front?

 


Thanks in advance  


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 do you mean for when

Tue, 2018-03-13 16:10

 do you mean for when traveling 

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 yeah. the in laws boat he

Tue, 2018-03-13 16:12

 yeah. 

the in laws boat he wants 2 deck lights and something to see out in front.

he used to work on a wet linner so i think he wants something like how ever they would have that set up 

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 your best off without any

Tue, 2018-03-13 16:26

 your best off without any light up front. unless you can have a good light below the deck level or mounted on bough rail.  it will just shine off the deck and vis will be no good. 

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lights

Tue, 2018-03-13 16:32

 ive tried every combination over the years i think! currently i have a barcrusher 615 wr with 2 x  55w HID'S on the t/top plus a 6000Lumen flood between them  and its the first time ive seen effective lighting for night navigation on a trailer boat , lightbars just dont have the distance penetration and generally just light up the front of the boat so you cant see anyway. go HID spots for a good result but you need to mount them high enough to not shine on the bow rail etc and blind you .

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 ahh that is a good idea Ryan

Tue, 2018-03-13 16:54

 ahh that is a good idea Ryan i didnt even think of Hids 

we have some pretty kick ass led worklights for deck lights we have 2 of them.

do you have any problems with other people complaining the HIDS are 2 bright like as they would on the road and having to flick them on and off?

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I think the main issue is

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:06

I think the main issue is mounting them so they are not reflecting off the deck,  if you have a good bow rail or somewhere similar to mount them then you'll be ok.  I'm using 2 cheap 40w halogen lights up the front and they are ample.  I'm about to upgrade to a light bar but I have a flat nose to mount that to so still no reflection.  

Lighting up the ocean for 800m+ seems pointless to me when your only doing 50-60 km an hour.  A boat will stop in 50m or can easily dodge anything that you can see at 200-300m 

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This is my setup which is a

Tue, 2018-03-13 22:16

This is my setup which is a flood/spot light combo. Great for picking up floats at night time and no reflection issues

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Looks good but when under way

Wed, 2018-03-14 18:03

Looks good but when under way at night the only lights you should have on are Colregs. With those lights on at night under way you become a navigational hazard as another vessel cannot determine your heading unless your nav lights are still visable while the LED light bar is on. Marine Saftey could probably clarify.

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That is the only way you will get no reflection issues

Tue, 2018-03-20 08:30

 raises other issues of, course as mentioned re your nav lights and blinding other users. Forward boat lighting is always a compromise.

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 that looks sweet. how do

Wed, 2018-03-14 11:05

 that looks sweet. how do they hold up with the salt water tho, any rust issues. 

thinking of mounting a couple of small spotties similar to that. 

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A bit of the powdercoating

Wed, 2018-03-21 06:42

A bit of the powdercoating has peeled off but it get constantly soaked in salt water and still works fine after two years. Bought it online for about $80.

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 I have an EBay lightbar,

Tue, 2018-03-20 22:49

 I have an EBay lightbar, about 30”, has lasted 3 years so far.

mounted on top but back a little to shade bow.

Water absorbs light so while its hard to see the surface, floats stand out like dogs balls.

And that’s the main thing I’m looking for whether it’s cray floats or the little unlit markers on the island channels.

having a bit of range is good as floats only appear out of the troughs so 100 meters plus

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