Searchlight install

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Todd M Caldwell, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    We have the factory installed light and I think the black canvas cover has been off once in 11.75 years...
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  2. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Amen to that! I use to love night cruising, but lately the guys using spotlights as headlights have taken a lot of the joy out of it.
    Well that, and I’m getting to be a bit of a curmudgeon in my old age...........
     
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  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Good move!
     
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Get the handheld and spend the money you save on something you’ll use more, or maybe on a favorite adult beverage.
    BTW: If you silicone a couple of inches of clear tubing in the AC discharge to channel the flow away from the hull you’ll avoid the stain.
     
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I have both lights. The handheld I use is a streamlight waypoint led rechargable. It is actually brighter then the installed light. Great handheld if anyone is looking.
     
  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_2098.JPG This post has taken an interesting twist. OP wants to install a light on the front of his boat. Most of the responses are, "don't do it"; "guys that run with lights on are dufusses"; "do something else"; "spend the money on booze or something else worthwhile"; "blah, blah, blah...."; The guy asked for advice for installing a light. He's a grown up asking a reasonable question. Buy booze instead?! Jeez......
     
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    As I think back on this project, I realized that the wires were routed differently than I originally reported. The power for the light came up from the anchor locker through the vertical stainless bow rail support. Makes more sense as getting the wires to the helm is much easier inside the boat than through the rail as I originally suggested. Sorry for the miscommunication.
     
  8. Todd M Caldwell

    Todd M Caldwell Member

    105
    Oct 7, 2018
    Port St Lucie, FL
    1998 290 Sundancer
    5.0 Alpha
    Good idea for the a/c discharge. I’ll be doing that soon.

    Todd
     
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  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Its winter.....
     
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  10. Todd M Caldwell

    Todd M Caldwell Member

    105
    Oct 7, 2018
    Port St Lucie, FL
    1998 290 Sundancer
    5.0 Alpha
    Not here in south Florida... its 74 Deg F :)


    Todd
     
  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    You need to attend a sensitivity training session so as to learn how to not create a hostile forum environment for those in the great white north.
     
  12. Todd M Caldwell

    Todd M Caldwell Member

    105
    Oct 7, 2018
    Port St Lucie, FL
    1998 290 Sundancer
    5.0 Alpha
    I’ll consider myself Counseled. ☹️
    This was last weekend
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  13. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Ha. I don’t think you paid attention during your remedial sensitivity training. Back to HR for you!
     
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  14. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    If I ever needed a light, I always had my handheld ready to grab. I felt it was much faster to put light where I wanted along with the fact it is much more powerful than what's on the bow. I used to think nothing of running all night long.

    FWIW, two years ago I got tangled up in a fishnet and had to dive into the water to cut myself loose. It got me thinking....how would I handle that in the dark, how the darkness might complicate many happenings we could have. I've decided to avoid night cruising as much as possible.
     
  15. Todd M Caldwell

    Todd M Caldwell Member

    105
    Oct 7, 2018
    Port St Lucie, FL
    1998 290 Sundancer
    5.0 Alpha
    Back in Maryland we used to boat at night quite a bit However I knew the river very very well and knew were the hazards were and where the unmarked channel markers were. We still had to keep an eye out for the crab pots and anytime there was a storm we would wait till the debris cleared the river
    It is certainly not for a novice and I would never recommend it to anyone who is not extremely familiar with where they were going. Oh and. No moon. No night boating
     
  16. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    tiara in the snow 01.JPG When I was working long hours, we did most of our boating at night. Maybe 80% in the dark. Got to know our local waters quite well. This initially was with just a compass for navigation. Then we added Loran. That was followed by gps and then radar. Lights became less important as we added more electronics. On a dark night however we still need a light on the bow to pick up lines. In an unfamiliar slip we sometimes use the spreader lights when backing into tight quarters. Those make the view as bright as day. I've carried a handheld but when its rechargeable battery failed after one season I threw it away because the replacement battery has not easy to source. People must find utility in mounted lights as most cruisers have them.
     
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  17. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    304
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I have a 77 Sundancer 240 and I believe the light use to be mounted on the rail as I can see a hole in the rail up front. I would love to remount a light there just to bring the old girl back to stock but the originals are way over priced if you could find one. Anyway I went with a handheld as well but mine plugs into the lighter adapter and doesn't use batteries. It does draw alot of power but is very bright and shines way out there, works for me and didn't cost alot of money.
     
  18. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I just priced my 7" Jabsco spot/flood and they have gone way up in price since I bought mine. I am not sure I would install one today at that price. I think it was less than $400 when I installed mine.
     
  19. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    974
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Regarding the handheld vs mounted debate I think a mounted one wins hands down. I've only had one occasion to actually "need" a search light and was very happy to have my hands free at the time. Maneuvering at night between shallow water flags, (or any other tight maneuvering situation) with a steering wheel, two shifters and two throttles, and you are already 3 hands short. You need your hands to control the boat, not hold a light.
     
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  20. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    304
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    Thats what the rest of the crew is for. Most people don't take their boat out alone, I feel that is a bad idea even though there are times when it is just you.
     

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