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sport15er posted 08-18-2000 08:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
Has anyone replaced or modified their factory installed stern light on a SS15? The exposed wires finally got me (while out playing one evening, I couldn't get the light to turn on), upon returning to dock a wildlife officer was waiting for me :( , fortunately I was only given a warning (it could have been a $115 fine!) The culprit was a broken wire at the plug connection; likely caused by the boyz climbing bk in the boat.
I heard of a another option, a folding light. This sounds like a more permanent fixture where the wires could be strapped out of the way, and still letting you cover the boat without removing the light each time.
Backlash posted 08-18-2000 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Aqua Signal makes a fold down rear navigation light with all black fiberglass components which will not corrode, except for the wiring of course. It is a high tech unit, made in Germany, which consumes very little electricity. Not sure on the height. Believe Shoreway carries these. They also have a removeable light, but the base is designed to be flush mounted in the gunnel.

lhg posted 08-18-2000 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Regarding continual failure of those typical stern light plug connectors (the round ones, with rubber covers and set screws), used on all Whalers for over 30 years, I finally found a better solution. There is a two pronged connector, in flat profile similar to the familiar 4 pronged trailer light connectors, that works beautifully, is much tougher, does not corrode and does not come apart. Available at Pep Boys(cheaper) or a boating supply house.
Use a good permanent sleeve connector to connect the short leads out of these plugs, and your problems are over. I also use these so I have a quick disconnect on all electonic gear, like radios, remote speakers, sonar, gps and dgps connections. Cost about $2 per set.

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