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Old 01-01-2004, 08:57 PM
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My wife surprised me for Christmas with a wired remote control stainless Guest incandescent spot/flood light.
I hooked it up to a battery outside at night and it is pretty damn bright...it is the 72,000 CP model.

I've read all the posts I could find on spotlights but still have a few questions for anybody with personal experience. I'm going to mount this on my hardtop.

1) would the 200,000 CP model be that much brighter and would it cause too much bow glare? And is it worth the extra $85?

2) what are the advantages of incandescent vs halogen...for both brightness and durability?

3) would the lexan or powdered coated aluminum be a better choice over stainless...and if so why?

4) would the ACR Beamer be a better choice (about the same price but lexan and 100w halogen)?

5) will it create a blind spot on the radar which will be about 2' away at the same height?

I really want to keep the cost under $400...any comments welcomed (except to buy a 3 cell maglight )

Thanks,
Joe
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Old 01-01-2004, 11:32 PM
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I have the Guest mounted on the bow of my Sea Ray 245 WE and the ACR on the hardtop of my Scout 242 Abaco. Both have worked flawlessly for me. The joystick is a little easier to use on the Guest than the pad on the ACR, but you get used to it. You can never have too much light. The 6"/200K Guest would throw out a lot more light, no doubt, and being mounted up on the hardtop, would fit astetically (sp?). No matter which light you go with, you will get glare from being mounted up on the hardtop. I mounted my radar up on a six inch pedestal to avoid being in line with the light, horn, hailer speaker, handrails, etc...that are also mounted up on top. (see a recent post for issues with the pedestals) The Guest can be turned by hand (whether accidentally or on purpose) without being damaged. The ACR will be damaged if you turn it by hand. I wax the Guest when I wax the boat. The ACR just gets hosed off. Both still look like new.

I am very happy with both. If I had to choose, I would go with the 6" Guest on top of the hardtop (with the radar on a pedestal). My Scout has the ACR, which was part of a package deal, installed by an electronics shop. I didn't get to choose, but I am not disappointed either.

Now that you are probably thoroughly confused, you can check out the photo's of my Scout by doing a search.

I hope I helped.

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Old 01-02-2004, 05:32 AM
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From past experience with flood and spot lites,
I would mount as far forward as possible, (pulpit) if you have one. Some have mounted on top of hardtop, with sucess. I mounted one on
my hardtop and got a glow off the front boat,
I couldn't see a thing. Bill
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Old 01-02-2004, 07:26 AM
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You will most likely be able to see more with the light off. The light bouncing off the white bow will wreck you night vision to the point where you won't see much at all.
If you can mount it on deck close to the bow rail so it doesn't reflect off the rail either.
Lastly, please don't leave it on while underway, since it's illegal and dangerous.
One white light can be mistaken for navigation lights - that's waht makes it a no no while underway. What most people don't realize is that while you are trying to light up everything so you can see, you can effectively destroy the night vision of anyone else in the area.
I was going up the Danvers river one night, slowly and safely making my way from buoy to buoy. Behind me comes some moron with a half million CP handheld spotlight, shining it all over the place, lighting up the interior of my cabin, making it very difficult for me to see anything. When he was done I couldn't pick out any of the buoys anymore.
You can occasionally flick it on to scan for a buoy or use it when you are stopped, but please don't use it while way.
There is a reason that boats don't have headlights!
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Old 01-02-2004, 08:08 AM
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I pretty much agree with the other replies on this. If you can't mount it far enough forward to keep it from lighting up the deck or rail, don't bother cause that's all you'll see. I'm on the wrong coast for most of the guys on this board but I often run with my spot. Running at night after storms or through lobster trap areas it's very helpful. Jobowker is right about ruining others vision. Turn it off if other boats are around.

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Old 01-02-2004, 08:33 AM
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here's my 2cents
i mounted a 1m candlepower spotlight on the antenna pad underneath the fabric on my t-top- it hangs "upside down" from a ball/socket mount.

the only time i ever use it is to search for logs/trash in the outlet i use to get to my camp, or to search the bank- either way i'm either put-putting or drifting

otherwise, running at cruise, even with a new moon, i can see better without the light

i guess that's why they call it a "search" light, huh?
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Old 01-02-2004, 10:42 AM
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...and for goodness sakes, dont point it at another boat!

This year I'm shooting back! Bwa ha ha ha ha!

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Old 01-02-2004, 10:45 AM
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At the marina where my boated is moored, comes
directly off Lake Ontario. We have no sea wall
and do get ocassional 5 to 7 footers pushing
us around. The opening is approx 30 foot wide
and doesn't give much leeway for mistakes. I
do come in with no lights when moon is up,but
lites are nice. I have (2) 12 volt receptles
mounted just inside the cockpit on each side.
Have a hand held spotlite for my boatmates to
use shinning the sides of the opening. ITS
TIGHT!!
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Old 01-02-2004, 11:07 AM
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Thanks guys, Aboater gave me some good info to use ... I assume incandescent(which all this model Guest comes with) vs halogen is not something to worry about.

And I agree 100% with all the comments on when and how to use...I expect this light to see limited use only when necessary.

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sorry for the double post
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Old 01-04-2004, 01:10 PM
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I use a handheld spotlight ,less parts to fail,and for how often I use it ,it works great.If it fails a new sealed beam is only 15-20 bucks.I have enough stuff on the boat to keep up with as it is.JMO



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