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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    Don't forget that the receiver will draw current while you're away.
    Easily fixed with a solar panel, but in that case you could possibly manage a deck light?

    Some sort of remote light is not a bad idea, I can remember some comedy late night trips on the water taxi where people have been unable to find their AWB among all the others in the dark.
    Current draw extremely low so not worth worrying about, being able to switch on a off from pontoon makes it so much safer at night, single channel with key ring was 2 when I bought last year, even runs direct of 12v supply

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Anyone tried reflective tape on the mast with a head torch?

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Some great suggestions! How about reflective tape below the rubbing strake, GPS position on my phone and a flashing disco ball activated from the remote you kindly suggested.

    Thanks again. ��

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    I have posted this before but have no hesitation in recommending the best anchor light you can buy. Totally self contained, switches itself on and off as needed, solar powered. We turn ours on in April and off again when we leave the boat, usually October. Www.pavloubros.com mail order.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

  5. #15
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    Apr 2018
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dull Spark View Post
    Any ideas for a remote control to activate a deck light to help return to a boat on a mooring or at anchor?

    A range of about half a mile would be ideal. Failing that, I thought a cheap mobile phone left on board as part of the circuit might be OK. Problem is: what is the circuit?

    What gave others done?
    If you're on anchor, there should be an anchor light on anyway. With such low current draw, I don't see the need for anything remotely switchable, in common with others we just leave a low level auto anchor light plugged in permanently.

  6. #16
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    Aug 2017
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    I agree re anchor light, but I was asking about deck lights.

    My experience of a cheap solar deck light was that it made the boat attractive to the local bird life. A few weeks absence meant quite a clean up. Never again!

    Anyway, thanks to all who replied.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dull Spark View Post
    I agree re anchor light, but I was asking about deck lights.

    My experience of a cheap solar deck light was that it made the boat attractive to the local bird life. A few weeks absence meant quite a clean up. Never again!

    Anyway, thanks to all who replied.
    A good anchor light is more than adequate for what you describe. We can see ours from more than a mile away.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Remote controlled deck light?

    Do you not have a GPS on your phone? Pop in a waypoint and your are done.
    Cynical Scots engineer.

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