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SouthFla posted 03-11-2010 07:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for SouthFla   Send Email to SouthFla  
In a previous thread I promised to post some pics after an installation of Coastal Night Lights brand underwater lights on my Conquest 305. So here they are! CNL.jpg CNL2.jpg

2 minutes on and it's like "moths to a flame" in my marina basin lol:

I also have some install pics I can link to if anyone's interested :-)


SouthFla posted 03-11-2010 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for SouthFla  Send Email to SouthFla     
Sorry, I thought they'd show up as hyperlinks...Just copy and paste!
fishgutz posted 03-11-2010 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
That looks so cool.
SouthFla posted 03-11-2010 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for SouthFla  Send Email to SouthFla     
Thanks fishgutz!
RevengeFamily posted 03-12-2010 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
Very Cool,

I've been considering installing similar lights on my 280 Conquest. I think I'll try mounting my underwaters on my trim tabs while routing the wiring above the water line. (I don't want any more holes in my hull)

Love the fact that it attracts marine life. Can picture sitting onboard at night with a cold one while trying to count and identify all the fish. Plus it will make getting onboard in the dark a bit easier for those who are unsure of "where's the boat?"

Did you install additional LED lights under the gunnels? I have the standard Whaler installation of white incandescents and was thinking of changing them to red LED's so as not to screw up our night vision.

Great Pictures,


SouthFla posted 03-12-2010 07:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for SouthFla  Send Email to SouthFla     
Yes, I replaced the small (In my case worthlessly-dim) Conquest under-gunwale courtesy lights and installed LED blue strip lights. They're GREAT for hanging out at night, but HORRIBLE for night fishing or cruising as you're right they do negatively effect your night vision.

I'm thinking of running a second independantly-switched set of red LED's just for nightfishing/cruising. They don't look nearly as "cool" but have much more functionality :-)

27 Black Dog posted 03-12-2010 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for 27 Black Dog  Send Email to 27 Black Dog     
I would be very interested in the install pics that you have. I want to install lights like those on my 27' Walkaround.
RevengeFamily posted 03-12-2010 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
A second vote for some installation photo's...
kidishi posted 03-12-2010 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for kidishi  Send Email to kidishi     
Product info on the lights as well. Those look amazing! I feel like one of those little fish zoning out when I look at them! LOL


SouthFla posted 03-15-2010 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for SouthFla  Send Email to SouthFla     
Hey all, turns out I didn't take to many install pics, but here are a few...

The lights were purchased from [url=]Coastal Night Lights[/url]. This is the second boat which I've used Chris' (company owner) lights, and his products, prices and customer service are second to none. I currently run his LED spreaders, LED under gunwale strip lights, and underwater LED's...The underwater LED's are completely potted in resin and are therefore 100% leakproof. The lights I used in this install were the blue double-long LED's with the wires out the back. You can find all the styles and prices on his website.

I had to position the lights based on transom access space; I was a bit concerned about positioning the outer lights behind the motors and the potential blocking of some light, but it turns out it wasn't an issue.

After locating the install points, I used the supplied hole-drill template to scribe the area, then I removed the bottom paint in this area with 60grit paper (and a ton of elbow grease, man that stuff is glued to the hull!) and drilled the 1/4" center hole for the thu-hull wiring and 3/8" screw holes.

After cleaning the area with mineral spirits, I used a syringe to inject 3M 4200 into the holes, then with a putty knife applied an even coat of 4200 across the entire back of the lights and pressed and screwed them into place.

After a 24hr cure (I used quick-cure 4200), the area was touched up w/bottom paint.

Other than measuring 10x's before I drilled (the ol' measure twice/cut once motto on steriods!) to insure I didn't screw up, the install was a piece of cake. The holes are so small and surrounded and filled by so much 4200, that I'm confident a leak will be impossible as long as the area is properly prepped, filled and cured...

Let me know if you have any other questions!

27 Black Dog posted 03-15-2010 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for 27 Black Dog  Send Email to 27 Black Dog     
Thanks John,
Those look great.
Dauntless 180 posted 03-16-2010 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless 180  Send Email to Dauntless 180     
Chris at Coastal make a great product
Brian7son posted 03-16-2010 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     

They look great. I installed Ocean LED A-12's on my 295 Conquest about a year ago. Initially I installed A-6's and they were defective. After a long delay, Ocean LED stepped up to the plate and repalced them with A-12's for the aggravation and inconvenience. They work great and I have been very happy with them. I did the same thing with blue LED light strips under gunnels as well. It creates a neat atmosphere for hanging around on the boat at night having drinks.

They also look cool when running at night and they add an extra dimension of safety because boats approaching you from behind wont miss you, thaty's for sure.

mgeiger posted 03-19-2010 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Very nice. Love the blue.

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