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Old 08-25-2011, 07:53 AM
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Default Looking for tree limb proof all-round light

I'm regularly replacing the factory Perko Fold Down Combination Masthead/White All-Round Light ( http://www.perko.com/catalog/categor...s/product/769/) after trailering our 22CC Proline Sport with a fiberglass t-top. The light gets folded down at the ramp prior to trailering, and we've tried folding it both to bow and aft without much success. While we avoid large tree limbs while trailering, even small limbs are enough to take out the lense and polymer top housing of this light.

I've considered using a surface mount light to provide a lower profile using a ruggedized product, like the Hella Marine Surface Mount All Round Lamp :http://www.hellamarine.com/?a=3&t=3&...D=777&pcid=184 ,but since the t-top is home to a Go-Light, Lowrance GPS receiver, and a VHF antenna, I was concerned with there being numerous blind spots with a flush mount being behind the other components.

Looking for recommendations or solutions!
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Can you re-mount to the forward ,or better, the aft edge of the T-top, so when swung down it will be safely below the top?
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Don't know which light your talking about. The link up top does not show one. Mine has a folding light and I have never had an issue when it has been layed towards the stern. Are you tightening it down after it is folded down? You can rigg a pvc sheild in front of it to protect it while towing. I put my antennas in pvc pipes when towing long distance to protect them.. I am also configuring a sheidl for my radar ,now that I have one.
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Can you post some pics of your shields ?

I'm really curious about how you're going to shield your radar--is it a dome or open array ?
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Its a dome, and I will post pics once it is built.I'm in the process now and may be offering them to the public eventually. It will be installed only for towing. Will be removed for boating.
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Great--I've got a Garmin dome and I'm constantly weaving all over the place to make sure I don't graft a tree limb into my favorite electronic toy.

What material are you thinking about using ?

We got some samples of a sheet fiberglass material maybe an 1/8 of an inch thick or even thinner. It seems flexible enough to make a variety of shapes--I'll get name of supplier tomorrow and let you know what it is and where we got it if you're interested--

Look forward to pics and info.
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I know were wondering off the thread here, but I am thinking pvc sheet material, think fiberglass may crack to easy. Also going to try a kevlar based sheeting. Needs to be light weight, easy to configure and be able to be straped down. I have some pre-lim drawings that I think will work well for hardtops and soft tops. Will take a few weeks to have the time to fabricate. Should be a interesting venture since it will have to be tested for impacts.
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Great--I've got a Garmin dome and I'm constantly weaving all over the place to make sure I don't graft a tree limb into my favorite electronic toy.

What material are you thinking about using ?

We got some samples of a sheet fiberglass material maybe an 1/8 of an inch thick or even thinner. It seems flexible enough to make a variety of shapes--I'll get name of supplier tomorrow and let you know what it is and where we got it if you're interested--

Look forward to pics and info.
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Here's link to data sheet on product we got samples for -- http://vetroresinallc.com/datasheets...al%20Sheet.pdf

Here's lin to thier corporate HQ in Italy...I'm begining to think the stuff is going to be pricey but the sample was interesting -- http://www.vetroresina.com/en/home.php

May be worth a look

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