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How do you attach your lights? (Read 1168 times)
07/08/16 at 15:29:50

Steve W   Offline
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As a newbie, this is MR340 & night paddle #1. Knowing there's not necessarily a 'best' way, looking for what works well regarding how veteran's / experienced paddlers attach lights to their canoe, kayak, etc.

As recommended, lights (red & white) from Road ID have been purchased. Also have a HydroStar SeaStar 360* deck light (red, green & clear light options), which has a suction cup and clip on cord. I can't be the only rookie looking for this info, so your shared experiences / input would be greatly valued!

SWW 
 
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Reply #1 - 07/08/16 at 15:59:04

Jaybee   Offline
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Mounting is going to be unique to the boat type.  For most, you can put velcro on the boat and velcro on the lights and stick them that way.  Canoes offer places where you could clamp them on.  If your stern light is on any kind of pole you'll need some kind of base to hold it, but this too can be velco if the base is wide enough.  And of course, there is always duct tape!  If the lights have any weight to them you may want to add a light safety line just in case they get knocked off.

More important is to set up the lights so that they do not reflect back to your eyes.  Even a small amount of light pointing in your direction will really cut down on your night vision.  The red (port) and green (starboard) bow lights are supposed to cover a 112.5 degree arc.  The white stern light should cover a 135 degree arc pointing aft.  This will give your boat a full 360 degrees of visibility yet will keep your running lights from blasting back to your eyes.  You can test your lights out just sitting in your yard at night to make sure there is no glare.

On my surfski, I made an aluminum piece with a v shaped back that makes the correct angle, shades the lights from the cockpit and holds the red & green lights. It also holds the bow spotlight - all held on with a double strip of velcro that covers the 'V' of the foredeck.  The stern light is on a short pole that fits into a small PVC pipe that is epoxied to the stern deck.
 

Jim
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Reply #2 - 07/09/16 at 06:23:14

Steve W   Offline
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Jim,

Am working on this today before tonight's paddle, so thanks for your quick and helpful response. Will google for pics today, as that will provide examples to follow.

If any members here can post pics of their set-up, it would be appreciated!

SWW
 
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Reply #3 - 07/11/16 at 09:48:51

Middlekid65   Offline
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Steve, I don't have pics immediately available.  But we use closed cell foam blocks about 3"x6", carve out a shape just smaller than the lighting instrument (for a good firm fit), then cut lines across the foam for the deck bungees to fit into. 
The bow light is shaped like a small flashlight canister, and stands upright, wedged into the carved circle, with the bungees fitting on either end of the foam to hold it to the deck.  The stern light came on an 12" pole, that tilted crazily the first year we used it.  Last year we cut it down to about 4 inches (light securely attached at the end), and used that to drive into the foam and hold the attached light upright.  This raised the light up a bit for visibility from the stern, but not too much that the bugs hang around our heads. Same attachment style with the deck bungies.  We've added a spot tracker, used the same method and it worked great for that in earlier races this year.
Good luck!
 

Jody
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