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  • Need navigation light advice

    Hey guys, the previous owner added a windlass, so there went the bow navigation light. The boat came with a brand new set of these... which really aren't going to do me any good...not cutting holes in the hull.

    I'm rewiring, where would you guys put some LED nav lights and which type?


    1990 Steiger Craft Chesapeake 23(pilot house)
    1974 28' floating pontoon dock
    1968 Sportcraft C-Gull

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    Re: Need navigation light advice

    From the bow ~~ the 2nd or 4th set of circles ~~ where easiest to run wire to the switch...
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    • #3
      Re: Need navigation light advice

      I kind of like keeping them as close to the center line as possible, but all of the spots you have circled would work so it's probably a matter of convenience. The good news is that the LED lights are generally nice and bright and should basically last forever.

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      • #4
        Re: Need navigation light advice

        I hear you guys...horizontal?


        or vertical?



        1990 Steiger Craft Chesapeake 23(pilot house)
        1974 28' floating pontoon dock
        1968 Sportcraft C-Gull

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        • #5
          Re: Need navigation light advice

          The bigger and brighter the better~ at either angle
          EdgeWater 205 EX
          Yamaha 150
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          • #6
            Re: Need navigation light advice

            Both lights must be able to be seen from straight ahead and each light individually must be seen both straight ahead to 112.5 degrees to port or starbord depending on it's color (red or green) see below PDF:


            Nav_Lights.pdf

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            • #7
              Re: Need navigation light advice

              Thanks guys...Thank you Tazrig...that last picture in the attachment is one I've never seen before, and could be a potential problem with side lights. I never really thought about the "overlap" and could be a problem in my application. The flush mounts I have won't work at all as they cannot be seen from the fron of the boat and we'll be going out a lot at night and inclement weather.

              Once again, learned something new even in posting a seemingly simple enough light question.


              1990 Steiger Craft Chesapeake 23(pilot house)
              1974 28' floating pontoon dock
              1968 Sportcraft C-Gull

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              • #8
                Re: Need navigation light advice

                heres a good link

                Basic Boating Safety Course - Navigation Lights on Your Boat
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                • #9
                  Re: Need navigation light advice

                  Thanks guys, I wanted the side mounts (vertical), but am worried about overlap and proper front visibility in a narrow channel. I went with these...

                  Stainless Steel LED Boat Sidelight, Green - Attwood 3530G7


                  1990 Steiger Craft Chesapeake 23(pilot house)
                  1974 28' floating pontoon dock
                  1968 Sportcraft C-Gull

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                  • #10
                    Re: Need navigation light advice

                    I went with these ones- am hopeful they will work out. I like how streamlined they are. Ordered them earlier this week

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                      Where are you mounting those? Those are vertical only, they aren't legal navigation lights if they are mounted horizontal.

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                      • #12
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                        on my boat they are mounting vertical, in a spot somewhat similar to the 3rd position from bow on the OPs image above. I do not anticipate any overlap based on my hull design. they are replacing very old versions of these type lights:
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                          Re: Need navigation light advice

                          I wanted those on my third set of circles GHBAY, but that area tapers in towards the bow's centerline on my boat.


                          1990 Steiger Craft Chesapeake 23(pilot house)
                          1974 28' floating pontoon dock
                          1968 Sportcraft C-Gull

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