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Old 12-08-2004, 10:01 AM
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Spent some time with a friend over Thanksgiving and he had a remote control spot light on his regulator and I want to look into mounting one on my boat. I am looking for feedback on makes and models, favorites and that sort of thing. Thanks in advance for the information.

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Old 12-08-2004, 10:52 AM
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A lot have people have said that a handheld spotlight is better and easier to use. I have a mounted remote light but have never used it. I think it's a "GoLight", it came with the boat.
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Old 12-08-2004, 01:17 PM
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I totally agree! I have a remote Guest on the bow, but hate to use it. Can't be held steady.

Fight the temptation, and get a decent handheld. Wired and rechargable can be had for less than $50 (many for $15-$25). They're far more practical and are available up to 2 million candle power. (possibly more)
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Old 12-08-2004, 01:44 PM
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I too thought about the idea of installing a remote spot light on my 24'. I looked at a lot of brands and decided not to drill more holes in my boat.
I had an extra 12 volt accessory plug installed on my bulkhead outside on the cockpit near my remote steering station.
I had it placed next to my remote ICOM mic waterproof plugin. I had a variety of 1 million handhelds but found a 2 million.
A lot easier to move around and place the handheld exactly where I want the light and quicker also.
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:58 PM
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Ditto on the hand held. Had guest on my other boat, it made a great toy but wasn't very practical. Bought one on sale at boatus for $20 than found you can pick up rechargeable lights at home depot for $10. Can't beat em.
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Old 12-08-2004, 10:23 PM
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Take a look at ACR spotlights. www.ACRelectronics.com

This is the RCL-100D which I have. The RCL-50B the RCL-75 are also excellent. www.consumersmarine.com sells them. I have held 'flashlights' for many years. I hate to waste a hand, holding a light. Secondly, the bugs seem to like them too. Go remote.

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Old 12-08-2004, 10:39 PM
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Go with a remote spot light. I have a guest spot light with remote control. The light is on top of my hard top and the remote is just to the left of my steering wheel. It is way better than trying to aim a light while doing 30mph. I have it mounted where you will get the least amount of reflection. With a hand held you will get unbearable reflection. I know, that's why I went remote. The light turns almost 360 degrees and up and down range is from the water to the sky above you.



Now look where the remote is located.



PS. My Guest remote spot light functions as both a spot and flood (docking) light. It literally has two bulbs built in. I use both mode frequently.

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Old 12-09-2004, 02:16 PM
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This may be a stupid statement/question but wouldn’t the mounted light bounce up and down as the boat does??????? Making it difficult to have the beam steady on the “target”……..

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Old 12-09-2004, 07:19 PM
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Bailey Boat...no. Much steadier than your hand trying to compensate for the boat motion. IMO, as I mentioned above...you give up the use of a good hand, putting a flashlight in it. Don't even think about someone else trying to put the light where you want it, either. Doesn't work. There is an old saying: "One hand for thee and one hand for the ship." Now, if you use 'the hand for thee' by holding a flashlight...well you get the idea. Go remote; put it on the top, so you can swivel 360 degrees. If you mount on the bow, it limits travel/sight to foreward only...unless you like the light in your eyes.
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:42 AM
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Looneytunes,

Very cool looking light. When we run for Tuna and leave the harbor in the dark I have my crew hold a spot light through the opening in the enclousure to spot and avoid crab buoys. I was thinking a light on the hard top would make this task much easier. How did you run the wires from the hardtop to the console? I don't have room to run them through the hard top support tube without drilling a larger hole.
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Old 12-10-2004, 09:50 AM
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Doesn't the spotlight hurt your night vision and that of other boaters?

What are the rules for the use of spotlights on boats?
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Old 12-10-2004, 01:59 PM
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Looneytunes,

Very cool looking light. When we run for Tuna and leave the harbor in the dark I have my crew hold a spot light through the opening in the enclousure to spot and avoid crab buoys. I was thinking a light on the hard top would make this task much easier. How did you run the wires from the hardtop to the console? I don't have room to run them through the hard top support tube without drilling a larger hole.
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I have it mounted on the hard top instead of on the bow. If you mount it on the bow it does you no good when trying to see something close to the boat at the mid ship area or to the back of the boat.

Normally, you would think to mount the light in the middle. That is not really good but will work. I chose to mount above the driver side so that I would be able to see right next to the boat (though I will have no close range (10 feet or so) light on the passenger side, but who cares just turn to boat 180 degrees and you can see what you were looking at).

If it were mounted in the center you would cast a shadow from the side of the boat to about 20 feet away! Not very effective, Especially, when cruising eel grass islands for eels because the light would be scoped out too far from the side of the boat. By the way reflection is minimal.

To see my theory in action: We were fishing the inlet at night. My friend hooked up with something very big on 10 pound test. To avoid snapping the line I had to turn on my light and follow his line with the boat. It the light were in the bow I couldn't keep the line close enough to the boat to gaff the fish or keep view of it from mid ship to the stern. If it were in the center of the hard top I would be able to follow the line with no problem but I would not be able to keep the fish close to at least one side of the boat. That's why driver side works best. We were able to gaff the 42 pound striper right next to the boat on the driver side.

Here are some picture of the way to mount the light:

First things first: Go in the cabin. Cut the wires that come from the aluminum hard top frame. These wires supply power to the fuse box in the electonics box. The wires you want to cut are just above the head. Since we cut the wires we also upgraded to a thicker gauge (You don't have to upgrade the wire its a pain in the a$$ just splice them). Now Tie a drag line on the wires and pull them up to the hard top. Bundle new wires with old, pull them down back into the cabin using the pull string. Splice them back together. Also, If you intend on running anything through this tube again in the future you should attach another drag line this time fromt he top. This way you won't have to cut wires to route wires through the tube the next time. Almost forgot to mention. You will have to widen the hole the wires come through in the cabin. A drill or dremel will do just fine.




This picture shows in yellow circle: All wires from Guest light. The power cables go through the square chase to the electonics box. The actual remote cables (8 of them If I remember) go through the black casing that is not circled directly into the aluminum tube down to the cabin and behind the helm and up to where the remote is mounted next to the compass (got that) . By the way if you look real close you will also notice that the Guest light has a steel plate. I went to a metal shop and had them cut a 4" X 4" stainless steel plate for additional support. I also did the same thing for my VHF and AM/FM antennas. Support is a nice thing.



Though my wording leaves out some details the pictures should make it crystal clear.

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Old 12-10-2004, 02:10 PM
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My experience with mounting a spotlight on a hard top is that you get a glare if the top side of the hull is white. If you mount it on top of the bow rail then you are out in front of the top deck and don't get that same glare effect.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:29 PM
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rwidman...you right, a spotlight should never be in another Captain's eyes, it will cause night blindness. If spot lights are mounted right, they do not cause loss of night vision. There are no rules for spotlights, just common sense.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:31 PM
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Get yourself a pack of 4 D cell batteries, (about $5), then get a Maglite 4D flashlight (about $15). Having a handheld, adjustable (flood to spot), 360 degree rotational spotlight on the end of your arm, PRICELESS.

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Old 12-10-2004, 07:05 PM
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Thanks Looneytunes for the info and pictures. I will have to add the spotlight to my things to get done list.
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Birdie...you forgot; also subs as a great fish club, helps in keeping the women away too, great place to store batteries, and can be used to defend youself. All PURPOSE SPOT! Priceless.
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Old 12-11-2004, 11:50 AM
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TakenLightly,

ThanX, your turn now.

I like your radar. I am looking to install a radar on my boat possibly in the spring. I have thought of several ways to mount it. Post pictures of your install if you can. Also, what was the diameter of the wire bundle. I am thinking the wire bundle may be too thick to try to run through the aluminum tube.

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Old 12-11-2004, 05:02 PM
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Looneytunes,

I removed the factory masthead light and used it's location to drill the hole for the cable. I coiled as much cable as I could inside the 5" Power Strut. I coiled the rest inside the electronics box. The Furuno 1712 radar fit (just barely) inside the box. The cable is 7/8" thick. I purchased a taller masthead light so it would stick up above the radar dome and mounted it behind the dome. The hardest part of the install was fitting the radar inside the electronics box. I screwed a piece of plywood inside the box and mounted the bracket that holds the radar display to it. I like having the radar inside the electronics box because I can lock it up without having to remove it and because it's up high where everyone in the boat can see it.







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Old 12-13-2004, 02:29 PM
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Reading this post has made me rethink a permanent spot for my new T-top. The problem I have had w/ my handhelds is that they A) don's last long enough if rechargable; B) pull out of the 12 volt socket when stretch too far and C) will blind you with the reflection off the deck. The remote seemed an obvious fix...but maybe not.....
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