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Jaspell posted 03-26-2004 11:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jaspell   Send Email to Jaspell  
I promise I used the search function first, but I wasn't coming up with a source to locate a replacement stern light for my '64 Eastport. I looked through the West Catalogue and some others and didn't see a Perko that looked quite right. Also, can anyone share the size and length of the screws I should be using to reinstall the seats on this boat. I have all the wood and have located the holes but I don't really want to guess as to the right size screw I should be mounting them with. Thank you.
Tom W Clark posted 03-27-2004 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Two different questions deserve two different threads but I'll give a brief answer to the first:

The stern light mounting hardware is entirely unique to Boston Whalers. It is still available from any Whaler dealer. I believe what they sell now is cast stainless steel but the originals were chrome plated brass or bonze.

The stern light itself was made by Perko. What a 1964 Eastport had is no longer available and has not been since the early 1970s. (I am not sure who made it.) But a Whaler specific stern light made by Perko can be bought from a Whaler dealer too. It will feature a chrome plated brass light base with fresnel lens mounted on a piece of 3/4" stainless steel tubing.

Off-the-shelf Perko lights with this same light are made with aluminum tubing and are not as nice. The Perko lights made for Whaler from the early 1970s to at least 1986 had the light poles mad of chrome plated brass tubing and were not as tall.

sage posted 03-27-2004 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for sage  Send Email to sage     

Last fall I purchased a 1885 Montauk w/ 90 HP Merc. The stern light was not on the boat. The original bracket was. I called the dealer and requested info relating to a replacement of the original. I was advised that Part #1035237 was still available @ $143.16. Everything's fine so far, but when I asked about the length, I was told it was 53". That's almost as tall as the mast on my first sail boat when I was a kid!

I am sure that there are regs on the height, but this seems extreme. I would like an authentic stern light, but, would like to shorten the mast. Any suggestions out there?


Tom W Clark posted 03-28-2004 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The stern light is 53" tall because that is how tall it must be to stand one meter above the bow light, which what the law now requires. In the 1970s the stern light was not nearly as tall.

So you need to decide if you want to be strictly legal or only a little bit legal. At any rate be sure the stern light is well above the top of your motor's cowling.

If you want to cut down the length of a new light, or any other light, use a tubing cutter to make a clean cut. Wrap the pole with tape so the tubing cutter does not mar the polished finish.

The price you mention is higher than the $129.50 that Sue Lodel at Twin Cities Marine has recently quoted for that part. I recently picked up one of these late model Whaler stern lights for $10 at a used marine parts store here in Seattle. It is stainless steel and is exactly 53" long.

No, I'm not selling it.

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