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Speedo66 posted 12-21-2005 06:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for Speedo66   Send Email to Speedo66  
The [electrical lightbulb socket in my bi-color combination lamp fixture which functions as the navigation sidelight] has given up after only 36 years. I've been stumped so far in trying to replace it. The hole in the fixture/tie-up fitting it has to pass through is very small in diameter, so the wires must come from beneath it. The height under the plastic red/green lens is very low, so you just can't just stuff something larger in from the top. Where can a replacement be found that will fit? Trips to auto parts stores and Radio Shack have proven unsuccessful.

Thanks, Steve

where2 posted 12-22-2005 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
The sidelights light on my 1985 15' Sport used a Perko combination lamp with a festoon bulb (points on both ends). Have you looked at those?
jimh posted 12-22-2005 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Speedo66 posted 12-23-2005 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
The socket and small bulb are conventional type, with a bayonet base. I can't believe this relatively common type socket is proving so hard to find.
LHG posted 01-04-2006 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Speedo - I recently successfully solved your problem, with the 35 year old original BW bi-color bow light fixture on my 21 Outrage. I believe all Whaler boats of 1958-1972 vintage, at least, used this same fixture.

You want bulb socket #1109-DP by Perko, which comes with wire leads. This is hard to find, I got mine at Boat Owners Warehouse in Ft Lauderdale after a long search. They will send you one if you can't get it locally. For this I used a halogen 5 watt Sea Fit lamp, #4810669, which I got a Boat US/West Marine. The 5 watt halogen puts out the same lumens as a 10 watt conventional, the standard in 2 mile visability bow lighting, and fits under the BW bi-color lense.

Rigging all of this is up in the original Whaler light base/Bow chock took a little ingenuity, but it can be done easily. Mine now works perfectly.

Speedo66 posted 01-04-2006 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
LHG- Very much appreciated! If they have it in stock probably easier to order it from them than to source it locally.

Thanks again, Steve

where2 posted 01-04-2006 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
They have multiple physical storefront locations, and may be able to find one in their computer system at one of their stores. Boat Owner's Warehouse (Riviera Beach) is one of my favorite Anti-West Marine stores... When they have to special order things, they are usually pretty prompt about it, at least in my family dealings with them. (speaking of which, I need to order a helm seal kit through them).
LHG posted 01-05-2006 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
I believe they actually stock the Perko lamp holder.

Where2 - I agree about B.O.W. stores. A great marine store/catalog operation. Their main Ft Lauderdale store on State Route 84 is really a boater's delight.

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