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I need to replace the anchor light that is mounted in the middle my canvas ttop. The ttop is wide and I can barely reach the light to fold it down as-is while standing on the gunwale.

I assume a ladder from the ground up is probably part of the solution but what are some ideas to get to the middle of the top to access the light?
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I use my scissor lift and extend the platform to where it needs to be. When at home I use a ladder. I learned the hard way to secure the bottom of the ladder to the trailer so it doesn't kick out while you are leaning obverse the top!
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I have untied my fabric and carefully folded it back to gain access. My boat is in the the water, so ladder access is not a good idea.
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Lay on roof supports and have someone back your trailer and light right under you
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Originally Posted by Vantaredoc View Post
I use my scissor lift and extend the platform to where it needs to be. When at home I use a ladder. I learned the hard way to secure the bottom of the ladder to the trailer so it doesn't kick out while you are leaning obverse the top!
Good idea on securing the bottom!

I have one of those articulating ladders maybe that feature will prove helpful. Still not sure if a ladder is going to provide enough of a vantage to reach the light from the ladder.

I wish I had a lift. ​

untying the top is certainly an option although I'd prefer to avoid that if I can help it, it be a bit of a chore and my binding and cord are orginal and intact so would prefer not to mess it up breaking the cord or whatever.
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Loosen and fold back cloth on one side to stand up next to light
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
Lay on roof supports and have someone back your trailer and light right under you
what are roof supports? Might be something I cant get access too.
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had to do this on our first boat (while wet slipped)
put my 6ft ladder to the side of the ttop on the deck, tied it to ttop support so it wouldn't move
was able to reach enough to replace.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
what are roof supports? Might be something I cant get access too.
a better explanation is to lay a piece of plywood on 3 joists under the roof trusses in a shed.

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