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swoodfield posted 07-16-2001 09:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for swoodfield   Send Email to swoodfield  
I have a '73 Nauset. The bow light won't stay lit. The bulb will flicker on & off when you move the bulb around in the sockett. but I can't get a stable position even with gently pinching the whole assembly with a pair of plyers. The wires are not loose, and there doesn't appear to be any significant corrosion in the sockett or wires. I assumed that Perko made this light but they don't list it in their catalog (also the lens is badly oxidized and I'd like to replace it). Any ideas??????????
whalerron posted 07-16-2001 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I had a similar problem with my 69 and it turned out that the very bottom tip of the bulb was corroded only a little and only where it met the "hot" terminal in the socket. I cleaned it up with some sandpaper and it worked fine afterwards. Now, I go in there every once in a while and spray it all with some WD40.

Good luck trying to find a lense. I read one post here recently where someone had painted the inside of the lens with fingernail polish (green and red) and although it didn't look any better on the outside, it worked great at night.

- ron

Dick posted 07-16-2001 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Perko does make the bow lights for the newer models, but the lenses are a different size. I don't remember who made the original lights, but they are long out of business.
I also have heard of some doing a little creative grinding and making the new lenses fit.
Kim posted 07-17-2001 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kim  Send Email to Kim     
you can get one red and one green & cut them in 1/2 glue them back. I have done this!!
you can get them at west marine. for the old style. I also bought a new one from b/w but I tryed cuting and glueing first , it works I have a $72.50 new bow light *#@ o well I well use it some day .

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