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Post by RiverBottomOutdoors » 15 Feb 2013, 14:36

Would like some advice on installing headlights on my boat. I fish a lot at night and run rivers at night. I'm tired of using a hand held spotlight.

Brands....type....mounting tips...wiring tips.....anything that can help buying, installing and overall satisfaction, please chime in. Post pics of yours if you can.

Thanks Tinboaters!

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Post by Lowe 2070 CC » 15 Feb 2013, 14:54

Solid mounted lights on a boat are pretty limited, as they only show whats in front of you, not what's off to the side where you're about to turn. They also have to be adjusted to the attitude of your boat (bow high or low). I run on the Mississippi at night and spend a lot of time looking for drift (whole trees) especially during high water events. Like you I get sick of the hand held spotlight, but it's the one thing that always shines where I'm looking. I use one on a ram mount attached to my grab rail, so it has full movement but I'm free to let it go at any time.

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Post by nick4203 » 15 Feb 2013, 16:07

T man came up with a nice solution looks good
http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... ar#p299740

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Post by DanMC » 16 Feb 2013, 00:05

Consider LED lights for the low power and amperage draw. On our boat we have a 60* LED headlight from the best manufacturer period, they are called Vision X. You can get them in narrow beam like a 10* or 20* or wide patern like a 60*. Have a look at their stuff on youtube you'll be sold !
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Post by RivRunR » 19 Feb 2013, 10:28

Altho' its a bit pricey (but not as bad as other GoLights) you might want to look at the Golight Gobee Stanchion Light.

Like Lowe2070 said, the problem I always had with fixed lights is that when I was running slow, versus on plane, the light was never where I wanted it to shine. This one puts out decent light, and allows you to swivel it in virtually any direction side to side and up and down on the fly.

Installation is simple, just put in a standard 2 or 3 prong Perko base and you're done. The remote is designed for a lanyard, but I just mounted it next to my throttle.
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Post by RiverBottomOutdoors » 19 Feb 2013, 11:37

Lights would be used mostly while on plane.

Thanks everyone that has commented so far!

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Post by Paul Marx » 19 Feb 2013, 11:46

Not as cheap , but I use Gen3 night vision goggles .
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Post by JMichael » 19 Feb 2013, 12:13

Gen 3 goggles cost more than most of us have invested in our boats. Not the most practical of solutions. :lol:

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Post by MOE » 19 Feb 2013, 12:43

I'm getting ready to mount some on my boat for running jug lines. I thought I had everything I needed until I found out there is not enough room to access the bolts. I went and bought some brackets to mount them with. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend so I can get them mounted. I will take some pics.

Lights http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/store ... ts&Ntk=All You can't see in the pic, but they have a bolt coming out of the bottom for mounting.

Brackets I bought to mount them with http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-Hardw ... s/19865010 I plan to cut them in half because I only need a flat peice. I will use the two holes to mount on the front of my boat, and the single hole to mount the light.

For wire, I went with 14 ga triplex. One wire for the docking lights, one for my future running light, and one will be a shared ground. If you are just running wire to these lights, I would suggest duplex. Size of wire will depend on how many amps you will be drawing and length of the wire. In my case, I am running (2) 55 watt lights (2x55)/12=9.17 amps. Plus less than an amp for my running light. So I figured 10 amps and used this calculator to figure wire size http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm you want your voltage drop to be less than 1.

My lights came with a fuse and a switch, but I decided not to use them. I bought a water proof in-line fuse. For the switch, I decided to go with an outdoor 2-gang electrical box with water proof cover and switches. I have no other switches in my boat and no need for a switch panel much less a place to mount one. I am mounting it on my transom right above my battery.
http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-Ele ... y6=1z140y6
http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100156652? ... =100156652
Switch Panel Model (1)[1].pdf
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Post by RiverBottomOutdoors » 19 Feb 2013, 13:25

MOE wrote:I'm getting ready to mount some on my boat for running jug lines. I thought I had everything I needed until I found out there is not enough room to access the bolts. I went and bought some brackets to mount them with. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend so I can get them mounted. I will take some pics.

Lights http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/store ... ts&Ntk=All You can't see in the pic, but they have a bolt coming out of the bottom for mounting.

Brackets I bought to mount them with http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-Hardw ... s/19865010 I plan to cut them in half because I only need a flat peice. I will use the two holes to mount on the front of my boat, and the single hole to mount the light.

For wire, I went with 14 ga triplex. One wire for the docking lights, one for my future running light, and one will be a shared ground. If you are just running wire to these lights, I would suggest duplex. Size of wire will depend on how many amps you will be drawing and length of the wire. In my case, I am running (2) 55 watt lights (2x55)/12=9.17 amps. Plus less than an amp for my running light. So I figured 10 amps and used this calculator to figure wire size http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm you want your voltage drop to be less than 1.

My lights came with a fuse and a switch, but I decided not to use them. I bought a water proof in-line fuse. For the switch, I decided to go with an outdoor 2-gang electrical box with water proof cover and switches. I have no other switches in my boat and no need for a switch panel much less a place to mount one. I am mounting it on my transom right above my battery.
http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-Ele ... y6=1z140y6
http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100156652? ... =100156652
Switch Panel Model (1)[1].pdf
MOE,
Now were cooking with peanut oil!!! I would be in your debt if you post some pics!

Thanks!!!

Jonah

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Post by MOE » 19 Feb 2013, 14:00

Will do if the rain holds out Saturday [-o<

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Post by PSG-1 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:41

ALUMA-JET project:
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