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Old 11-01-2017, 06:26 PM
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Default When do you use your remove controlled spotlight?

I thought it was a useful option, but i've never used it in the two years I've had it on the boat. While I do go out at night frequently, I rarely use a spotlight at all, and when i do, I find it much easier/quicker to just grab the hand held. So how/when do the other THT members use theirs?
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:38 PM
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Hardly ever, can't see crap with it anyway
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:57 PM
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Can't aim it fast enough. Your eyes are already moving to new areas by the time the light gets there. Need one of those lights keyed into a HUD like the helicopters use for weapons aiming. That'd be cool.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:28 PM
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Second option I'd add to any new build after my autopilot. Use it every time we leave the dock around 2AM for a an offshore Canyon run. We have a 40 minute run through the lagoons, inter-coastal, and relatively difficult inlet with several unlit buoys and unlit no wake zone buoys. Along with the radar and GPS breadcrumb trail it is another valuable tool for a safe passage to the open water in the dark.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:44 PM
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What about an LED bar with a bigger spread? Haven't used one, see them on more and more boats. Plusses? Minuses?
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:48 PM
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Use it to spot lobster pots... all I need to look out for on my runs out
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ralph85 View Post
So how/when do the other THT members use theirs?
Buy a light bar....YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING.... leave mine on all night... especially in highly congested waterways
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Old 11-02-2017, 01:06 AM
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I use my spotlight all the time when hoop netting for bugs. I can shine it along side when I pick up floats.
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Old 11-02-2017, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
Buy a light bar....YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING.... leave mine on all night... especially in highly congested waterways
I hope the Coast Guard finds you one night and slaps the nice big fine that you deserve for blinding yourself and everyone else on those highly congested waterways.

"(b) The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights which cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a proper look-out."

Very brief use of a spotlight for identifying aids to navigation or potential hazards may contribute to safety. Running around with a blindingly bright LED light bar is illegal and inconsiderate.
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Old 11-02-2017, 07:29 AM
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I hope the Coast Guard finds you one night and slaps the nice big fine that you deserve for blinding yourself and everyone else on those highly congested waterways.

"(b) The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights which cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a proper look-out."

Very brief use of a spotlight for identifying aids to navigation or potential hazards may contribute to safety. Running around with a blindingly bright LED light bar is illegal and inconsiderate.
I'm preeeety sure this was said in jest?!
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:01 AM
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I don't really ever use my spotlight for all of the reasons already mentioned here. If I need a directional beam of light (trying to find a mooring ball at night to hookup to temporarily) I have a 1500 lumen LED flashlight that is brighter, faster, and easier to use. It's rechargeable and I mounted the base right near the helm.

Similar to what others have said, an LED bar is by far more functional for all other purposes. But, I don't use it for navigation as it's incredibly rude and irritating to fellow boaters.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:32 AM
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Sounds like most of you have the same opinion on RC Spots. My handheld is brighter and faster to point/move. The RC is painfully slow and by the time I find my target the boat has moved and it's off target again. Maybe the newer ones are substantially faster to point? Otherwise, they are generally useless IMO. I can see lightbar maybe being of some value to quickly scan what's out in front when moving thru pots or trying to spot a buoy or other obstruction.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:36 AM
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i only use the mounted spotlight (non remote) in tight quarters like narrow creeks, rest of the time i use a 1000 lumen flashlight to spot channel markers, crab pot bouys, etc.

i'll also flip them on to blind someone running with their lightbar on in the ICW from time to time as well lol
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Originally Posted by Bertram Bahia Mar View Post
I'm preeeety sure this was said in jest?!
Yeah, probably you are right. I just get so pissed at people who do show bright lights the humor went past me. Apologies to mdsee88 if it was meant to be humor.
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All the time when in the river spotting cans in or out. Handheld doesn't go through the windshield well and ends up blinding you.
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Originally Posted by ralph85 View Post
Sounds like most of you have the same opinion on RC Spots. My handheld is brighter and faster to point/move. The RC is painfully slow and by the time I find my target the boat has moved and it's off target again. Maybe the newer ones are substantially faster to point? Otherwise, they are generally useless IMO. I can see lightbar maybe being of some value to quickljy scan what's out in front when moving thru pots or trying to spot a buoy or other obstruction.
I just point mine straight ahead
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post
I just point mine straight ahead

Correct. Mine moves quick enough for me, but I really just leave it stationary to pick up the markers, buoys, no-wake buoys and crab pots all along the route to the bell buoy. Meanwhile I normally have two other sets of eyes looking ahead and to the side for the unlit buoys we know are on the route. Usually not another boat in sight at 2AM, so distracting other mariners is not an issue. However, if I am behind another vessel on the way out the inlet I will turn it off.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ralph85 View Post
I thought it was a useful option, but i've never used it in the two years I've had it on the boat. While I do go out at night frequently, I rarely use a spotlight at all, and when i do, I find it much easier/quicker to just grab the hand held. So how/when do the other THT members use theirs?
I have had to use it in the past to find reflective navigation aids at night....
was pretty useful
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Originally Posted by cobraarvey View Post
Correct. Mine moves quick enough for me, but I really just leave it stationary to pick up the markers, buoys, no-wake buoys and crab pots all along the route to the bell buoy. Meanwhile I normally have two other sets of eyes looking ahead and to the side for the unlit buoys we know are on the route. Usually not another boat in sight at 2AM, so distracting other mariners is not an issue. However, if I am behind another vessel on the way out the inlet I will turn it off.
Just ride in his wake and let him hit the stuff
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
All the time when in the river spotting cans in or out. Handheld doesn't go through the windshield well and ends up blinding you.
Good point. I never considered enclosed helms or pilot houses where you can't easily use a had held. I can see it being useful in that situation.
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