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Lighting & Electronics Install #13438868 02/14/20 12:07 AM
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If you're looking to step your kayak lighting and electronics game up to the next level, this might be helpful!

Plus, who wouldn't love a new set of lights for Valentine's Day?!? grin



Stay safe out there, guys!!

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: KatFerrari] #13439049 02/14/20 02:52 AM
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Nicely done. Cool video and thanks for sharing. thumb




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Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: KatFerrari] #13439067 02/14/20 03:03 AM
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What battery are you using? I imagine the spotlights can drain power pretty quickly.

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: KatFerrari] #13439253 02/14/20 12:29 PM
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Nice work! It's crazy how bait swarms to those green lights at night. If you haven't seen it yet you'll love it. It's pretty cool.

Speaking from experience that USB socket will likely rust if you don't protect it somehow from moisture. Same thing with a 12 volt cigarette style socket. I've used dielectric grease to help protect terminal connections from rusting and it did help but I've never used it on the USB socket. It would be a good idea if you didn't already to go back and put some dielectric grease on all of your terminal connections. I know the PDL has a dry hull but still moisture will get in the hull. I am in the process of switching my USB and 12 volt cigarette style sockets out with a 12 volt SAE socket because most of them have a cap that helps keep water and moisture out. Then I will use this when I need a USB port. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N1993MV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: KatFerrari] #13439271 02/14/20 12:59 PM
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I'll have to come back and watch the video later, it's too long to sit and watch before my shift starts. I did chuckle that your kayak in in the house. The first guy I followed on youtube, that makes kayak fishing videos, also stored his kayak in the house. I can see where this is the only option if living in an apartment. Honestly, who wouldn't like to work on their stuff in a nice, climate controlled space! grin


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Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: banker-always fishing] #13439671 02/14/20 05:39 PM
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Thanks, man!!

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: Lee Finlay] #13439676 02/14/20 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Lee Finlay
What battery are you using? I imagine the spotlights can drain power pretty quickly.

It's a 12v 12ah lead acid - Like I mentioned in the video, the spot lights are LEDs as well, so their drain isn't bad at all! 😁

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: Jerry713] #13439685 02/14/20 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Jerry713
Nice work! It's crazy how bait swarms to those green lights at night. If you haven't seen it yet you'll love it. It's pretty cool.

Speaking from experience that USB socket will likely rust if you don't protect it somehow from moisture. Same thing with a 12 volt cigarette style socket. I've used dielectric grease to help protect terminal connections from rusting and it did help but I've never used it on the USB socket. It would be a good idea if you didn't already to go back and put some dielectric grease on all of your terminal connections. I know the PDL has a dry hull but still moisture will get in the hull. I am in the process of switching my USB and 12 volt cigarette style sockets out with a 12 volt SAE socket because most of them have a cap that helps keep water and moisture out. Then I will use this when I need a USB port. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N1993MV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Thanks, man!! I've installed switch panels into previous kayaks without an issue - I silicone them down to the hull then silicone around the edges as well. The USB sockets have rubber inserts for them to protect from water, and there isn't a cigarette port on it at all - the panels I use are rated for marine use, so they're pretty great for the application!

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: T- Gil] #13439686 02/14/20 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by T- Gil
I'll have to come back and watch the video later, it's too long to sit and watch before my shift starts. I did chuckle that your kayak in in the house. The first guy I followed on youtube, that makes kayak fishing videos, also stored his kayak in the house. I can see where this is the only option if living in an apartment. Honestly, who wouldn't like to work on their stuff in a nice, climate controlled space! grin


Haha - I'm all about climate control when I'm working on my yak!! We're on ours most days of the week, so they actually stay locked in our truck bed, outside in the driveway. I couldn't imagine having to wrangle them into an apartment every day - that would be rough!! LOL

Re: Lighting & Electronics Install [Re: KatFerrari] #13440241 02/15/20 02:58 AM
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One might do well to explore the legality of installing some of those lights on a kayak.

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Originally Posted by Jim Ford
One might do well to explore the legality of installing some of those lights on a kayak.


Jim I think as long as the spot lights are turned off anytime approaching an oncoming vessel whether it's a boat or kayak they'll be fine. If not it could definitely draw a citation. Also the spot lights when turned on at night would technically interfere with the required 360 light. Though I don't think a GW would issue a ticket for that.


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Originally Posted by Jerry713
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One might do well to explore the legality of installing some of those lights on a kayak.


Jim I think as long as the spot lights are turned off anytime approaching an oncoming vessel whether it's a boat or kayak they'll be fine. If not it could definitely draw a citation. Also the spot lights when turned on at night would technically interfere with the required 360 light. Though I don't think a GW would issue a ticket for that.

Kayaks are allowed to use the same nav light type and placement as sailboats but not required to use that many lights. Also need to beware of red and green lights showing when under way because they can confuse other motorboats. The lighting is usually not an issue when stationary (except for a 360 degree anchor light)


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One might do well to explore the legality of installing some of those lights on a kayak.


Jim I think as long as the spot lights are turned off anytime approaching an oncoming vessel whether it's a boat or kayak they'll be fine. If not it could definitely draw a citation. Also the spot lights when turned on at night would technically interfere with the required 360 light. Though I don't think a GW would issue a ticket for that.

Kayaks are allowed to use the same nav light type and placement as sailboats but not required to use that many lights.


bronco71 you are correct but kayaks are also required to abide by the same rules that all other vessels do regarding lights at night while on the water and that is the lights shall not impede vision of other vessels on the water at night or shall not impede the vision of any and all required lights being the 360 light. It's just a courtesy to other boaters to always turn off your headlights, spolights,l ight bar, etc. when approaching and passing just like you dim your headlights on your vehicle.


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