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Old 01-04-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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Nav lights for small RIB

In the old days there were lots of nav lights designed for temporary placement run off of D cell batteries. And I have searched for this style of lighting to no avail.

Ideally I'd like something like the LED light linked, but able to be run on one or two D cell batteries.

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/lig...BoCJ4kQAvD_BwE

And how do you attach the nav light to the dinghy? My rib is very similar to a Highfield 9 1/2 foot with bow locker. Very much like the pic below but sadly without the female:

https://www.highfieldboats.com/classic-290-2/

What do you use?
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Old 01-04-2020, 05:13 PM   #2
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Clamp the white to the motor tiller. For my thin, took the clamp off thg he side lights and screwed it to a piece of webbing that gets secured to the bow with plastic buckles.

Attwood 14191-7 Clamp-On Portable Marine Boat Navigation Light Kit, Camouflage
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Old 01-04-2020, 05:13 PM   #3
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Most states and the USCG require red and green lights on the bow and an all around white light visible from all directions, although I don't think anyone is going to cite you if you have a flashlight held by someone in the bow pointing forward.

Here is a page of battery powered led lights that meets the strict regulations- https://www.amazon.com/s?k=dinghy+na...b_sb_ss_i_1_10

Attwood has both suction cup and clamp on mounting styles.

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They are out there. Some on Amazon, at Defender, and a couple other sites. Suction cups don't stay put. Some have a C clamp built in. For an inflatable, I would attach a 6" ◊ 6" square of the loops of velcro to the bow. Would attach the equivalent size of the hooks to the navigation light. Add a lanyard to the light that attaches to the boat.

While technically a dinghy capable of traveling over 7 knots needs a combination bow light, I would be more focused on a really bright all around white light that might show objects in the water ahead of you. My dink won't have a bow light as I don't travel faster than 7 knots in the dark. But you will see the white light miles away.

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I have a Highfield 310 classic.

I was going to go cheap and easy and do the suction cup route, but my rib dealer said most everyone who buys them comes back and buys these and glued them on: https://www.defender.com/product3.js...2556&id=166470

Iíd recommend the glue on for the bow, on the same site you will see the stern mounted bracket for the other light.
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We just swapped our old Rendova for a newer used AB aluminum with a Euro helm. This base was installed and Guyer Boatworks in Bellingham fitted out the remaining kit. Haven’t used these yet but seems to be very high quality.

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We just swapped our old Rendova for a newer used AB aluminum with a Euro helm. This base was installed and Guyer Boatworks in Bellingham fitted out the remaining kit. Havenít used these yet but seems to be very high quality.

https://www.amazon.com/NAVISAFE-Navi...182577&sr=8-16


I saw that set, looks really nice and a lot higher end than the one I linked. Reality for me is I used the lights twice the entire last year. If I was cruising full time Iíd for sure go for the nicer setup.
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Navisafe

I think I've tried about everything on the market over the years and was never satisfied until I broke down and spent the money on the Navisafe lights. So many of the bullet shaped lights leaked water, stopped working in general, sank and never really had a good solid mounting system. When we lived aboard we very rarely stayed at marinas, so the dink got used a lot. And it got used a lot at night. With Navisafe I felt like we had a whole lot better chance at being seen because the lights are really bright and I never had one fail. I had them on a West Marine 310RIB....

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I would like to order the Navisafe package. How do you attach the bow light, that is the item with the most problems for attachment?
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We just swapped our old Rendova for a newer used AB aluminum with a Euro helm. This base was installed and Guyer Boatworks in Bellingham fitted out the remaining kit. Havenít used these yet but seems to be very high quality.

https://www.amazon.com/NAVISAFE-Navi...182577&sr=8-16
Those are the ones that I have and the seem to work good.
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I would like to order the Navisafe package. How do you attach the bow light, that is the item with the most problems for attachment?
Mine has a glued on mount that holds the light.
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Mine has a glued on mount that holds the light.
Yep, you glue on the mount that accepts the bow light. Keep in mind that the kits do not include the adhesive. The stern light has a mount that is screwed to the transom. Nice thing is both lights are easily removed from their mounts. No need to expose them to UV exposure 24-7. The stern light at night I use as a quasi flashlight to unlock the dink and get organized before we take off for the boat. Then I just slip it back in the mount and we're good to go...
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I have had poor results with navisafe lights. I have had multiple failures although they did warranty two of the lights . i gave all my navisafe lights away and am trying something new
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I like these so far. But have not had them long enough to know about the reliably
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Another vote for Navisafe. No problems with them and it felt like they were brighter than the lights on the big (well, bigger) boat.
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I just use an all around white light led flashlight on a stick in a fish rod holder on the transom.
The stick has an orientation groove in it and I painted the forward section of the lens red and green.
not 100% by the book but it works and it's simple.
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Unless someone changed official regulations, all it needs is one all around white light.
Now, that being said, the size of the white light has not been addressed so buy a really really BIG all around white light, if you wish and if you want to destroy your own night vision. (sarcasm)
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:35 AM   #18
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Unless someone changed official regulations, all it needs is one all around white light.

I think someone did change the regs in Canada, the one all round light was my understanding but when I checked I came up with this:

https://www.boat-ed.com/canada/study...199_700084027/
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Thank RNS but I was thinking along the lines of the 12ft RIB.
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International Rules, Rule 23 d) section ii:

a power-driven vessel of less than 7 meters in length whose maximum speed does not exceed 7 knots may in lieu of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule exhibit an all-round white light and shall, if practicable, also exhibit sidelights;
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