{Stus-List} Anchor rode buoy/marker? - crowded anchorage

Sam Salter samsalter at netkaster.ca
Wed Jun 24 10:20:49 EDT 2009

On a similar vein;

when I was in the BVI's last December it was almost impossible to find 
our boat out of the 20 or 30 moored in any bay on any night. Motoring 
back in the dingy (...after a few gin & tonics - I'm a Brit; it's 
traditional!) everyone had one anchor light at the top of the mast and 
all the boats looked the same in the pitch black. After a couple of 
nights motoring around the moored boats trying to find ours I started to 
leave the running lights on. Big improvement; although perhaps not 
kosher! When leaving the bar, the only boat with red & green was ours!

Sam Salter
C&C 26  Liquorice
Ghost Lake  Alberta

Alan Paul wrote:
> Folks,
> OK, the cute things don't put out enough light to meet anybody's 
> desires let alone marine codes, but.... a lot of the cruisers in 
> Mexico use them on their stern pulpit at night and they are really 
> quite useful.  If you have ever tried to approach an anchorage with no 
> background lights and no moon, and if the masthead lights are the only 
> illumination on the anchored boats, it makes life very difficult for 
> you as a late arriver.  You have no idea how high or far away that 
> masthead light is.  On the other hand, if they have even a dim light 
> at deck level, you can judge distance and maybe even see part of the 
> deckhouse.  I would advise to have some sort of lighting down low 
> (even if not according to local custom).  The solar lights are quite 
> good for this. They don't bleed the battery and provide enough light 
> for good moonless nights (you would be surprised how bright they seem 
> in these conditions).  An alternative is an LED lantern run on its own 
> A cells.    I am investing in a few LED lights (wired to the boat) for 
> uses like this, the masthead light, and a few interior lights as an 
> alternative, but the solars certainly help, as do battery powered LED 
> lanterns.
> alan paul
> Allegra  C&C 37
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> *From:* Wally Bryant <wal at wbryant.com>
> *To:* cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> *Sent:* Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:21:19 PM
> *Subject:* Re: {Stus-List} Anchor rode buoy/marker? - crowded anchorage
> Re: solar light brightness and longevity
> I purchased two of these cute things:
> <http://www.gardeners.com/Solar-Star-Light/36-970,default,pd.html
> >
> Which is a huge hit with passersby.  I think in the future it'll
> also be a nice way to find the boat at night. 
> I noticed that the battery was a cheap Ni-Cad and didn't last
> long, so I replaced it with a good NiMH battery, and it shone
> twice as bright and lasted all night long.  (Oh, to be 18
> again...)
> I don't know if this applies to the floating light, but if the
> battery can be replaced I'd put in one of those Hybrid Ni-MH
> batteries right off the bat.
> Wal
> - - -
> www.wbryant.com <http://www.wbryant.com>
> C&C Landfall 38 #90
> You wrote:
> > My experience with "solar lights" for home and garden;  or in
> > this cae a pond??????  Is that they do not give off much
> > light and seem "subdued"....however, you might just want to
> > pick one up and try it, if it doesn't work, read the return
> policy....
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