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Old 12-12-2013, 07:27 AM   #21
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I've used the million (or 2 million, depends on what's on sale) rechargeables for years and love 'em. The advantage they have over a fixed mount rotating light is that you can shine them to the stern if need be.

I found the fixed mount to be a PITA to use and then when you find your target, your boat moves and you have to take your eyes off the target and realign the light.

With the hand held it's as simple as pointing your finger.
I'm with you on that one.
And on top of that i'll be having those cree's I pointed out earlier, just the right size to have in a pocket at night.
You're not always near the helm or a spottie when you want a beam.

Tried it out earlier tonight, I have some signage 275 metres down the road from me (google maps says) with reflecto tape like on channel markers.
It lit those up with no problem whatsoever.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:55 AM   #22
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Greetings,
"by looking at the beam's target, not the light fixture." Do NOT look into the laser beam with your remaining eye.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #23
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Been boating over 20 years and rarely have had the use for a light. I do have a handheld, both a plug in and a rechargable for those odd occasions.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #24
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I have three friends with the permanent lights and they are difficult to aim and hold in place....
That's been our experience.

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...I found the fixed mount to be a PITA to use and then when you find your target, your boat moves and you have to take your eyes off the target and realign the light.

With the hand held it's as simple as pointing your finger.
Totally agree. Maybe if you're at anchor or cruising on flat water the fixed lights work but in any kind of sea, what a PIA. We have the big Perko that psneeld referenced and it looks good but there is no way we can navigate with it or dodge crab pots at night. Trying to follow a fixed object as the boat is moving around is almost impossible. We have tried changing the focal point but as you widen the beam you loose brightness. We're talking about adding solar on the pilot house roof so we may have one for sale. A good hand held or mercury vapor would be my first choice.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #25
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A good hand held used on the fly bridge with the eisenglass open works far better than the bow mounted remote control. Inside or with the eisenglass closed, the hand held is worthless.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:36 AM   #26
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I don't think I've seen so many lucid, well founded reasons for so many different products. OK, looks like I'll keep the hand-held, fix the remote Guest unit on the bow rail, add a manual control roof mounted unit and beg Larry & Lena to send me their spare Perko.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:44 AM   #27
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Or perhaps one of these: High Powered Sky Beam Search Light Systems - Nightclub Architectural LED Outdoor Lighting - Search Light Sky Beam Systems
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:55 AM   #28
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I don't think I've seen so many lucid, well founded reasons for so many different products. OK, looks like I'll keep the hand-held, fix the remote Guest unit on the bow rail, add a manual control roof mounted unit and beg Larry & Lena to send me their spare Perko.
Larry, sounds like you will have it covered!

Actually, I use the search light sparingly. I find a darkened wheelhouse with a good pair of light gathering binoculars to be best in most instances. However, a good light is indispensable in many instances. I noticed that Will just mentioned the entrance to Dowry Creek as being easy. It is in daylight. It's quite another thing when it's pitch black dark. I know. We went in there in the dark with the turning marker in the main channel missing. A good light will light those small markers. Otherwise not so easy.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #29
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I have gone through a lot of rechargable hand helds which were all good at the beginning but the closed wet cells soon lost the ability to recharge. Most have a life of one season only. Last summer I switched and bought a lithium one from the Hairy Scary Freight folks. I am impressed. This unit holds its charge very well and is quite light as well. It is not an LED but has a halogen bulb so it is quite bright. I just checked and they are on sale at $10.99 I wish I had bought several
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #30
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Dear Fellows

Thank you very much for your help.
Most of you guys made my ideas clear in the subject of spotlights. A handheld will be probably bought in the local Outdoor Sports Store or on Walmart. Then, I will see if my boating habits require a better spotlight..
There’s nothing like reading the experts opinion to come to a decision.

Thank you again
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