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tflyer posted 10-06-2002 12:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for tflyer   Send Email to tflyer  
I have been thinking of installing a pair of docking lights in the hull of my 1981 Frontier 25, (O/R hull). Anyone out there with any thoughts or experiance in this area? Was this a factory option? If so, what would be a good choice in an after market product? Any measurements or comments reguarding the actual installation are welcomed....Tom
Bigshot posted 10-07-2002 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
How will you run the wiring being a foam filled hull with no access?
tflyer posted 10-07-2002 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
B/Shot: Good question, I'm not sure of that as yet. I do ,however see them installed on a couple 27' Whalers in my area. A bigger question that has come to mind is: Do I really want to cut a couple of gapping holes in the nose a beautiful 25' Outrage hull, curently I'm thinking not!...Tom
george nagy posted 10-07-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Why not just mount lights on the hardtop?
Bigshot posted 10-07-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Because of the glare George, especially if a tad foggy. Docking lights are unique but I can's see it .....actually. Why not drill a hole from the top of the deck under the rubrail down to the hole, then run the wires under the rubrail. Just better hope you know where you are drilling.
Capt_Tidy posted 10-08-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
I don't think I've seen a nice pair of docking lights on a whaler... maybe the 27' stock lights.. plus I would want a swivel.

But I have always wanted to mount a pair of lights in the hull below the water line for night time fishing and crusing... I'm just not brave enough to cut than big a hole. Has anyone ever done this...?

larimore posted 10-09-2002 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for larimore  Send Email to larimore     
I don't have a t-top so I put one of the Guest remote spots on my forward bow rail. I made a stainless base plate for the light with a 1/4" bolt and wingnut protruding. The bolt goes thru a 1/4" hole in the bow rail, the light hangs down. A 4 or 5 wire cord plugs into a waterproof electronic connection near the bow. The wires to the connection run thru the rub rail. This setup works very well - No glare, BUT I have to remove the light when I am not using it, it is too delicate to leave up there all the time. Michael
Tom W Clark posted 10-10-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The wiring path will be from the rub rail to the spot you choose for the lights. You will need to confirm that there is enough depth for the light fixtures.

I have not installed docking lights but I have mounted flush mount stern lights in the hull for use as courtesy lights to illuminate the cockpit of my Outrage. As long as you can snake a wire from the rub rail to the hole you cut for the lights, the rest is easy.

tflyer posted 10-13-2002 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Many Thanks for all the in-put on docking lights. For the present time I've kinda cooled off on the idea. Somehow I just can't see myself inflicting such an insult to the beautiful "smirk" on this hull!...Tom
Swellmonster posted 10-20-2002 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I freaked out cutting holes in the console for deck lites!

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