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Recent Boat Upgrades #13949248 04/06/21 02:39 PM
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Just wanted to share some recent boat upgrades. Most important, not pictured i just added an Ultrex too. Where has this been my whole life.

Added side strip lights under the bump rail.
Added a ram mounted head light for idling stump fields in the dark. Its removable after the sun comes up
Added red and green nav lights
Installed new seats. Wanted originals shown re-upholstered but way too expensive so i bought new for WAY less. [Linked Image]
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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949321 04/06/21 03:11 PM
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That light bar is a great idea!

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Sweet upgrades!


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: ToasterWEyes] #13949368 04/06/21 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ToasterWEyes
Sweet upgrades!

Thanks. She's not fancy and new but I'm happy with it.

Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949371 04/06/21 03:42 PM
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What is the law on white lights in front of boats?


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: outfishdya] #13949374 04/06/21 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by outfishdya
What is the law on white lights in front of boats?

I'm not sure. I do not use them while running, only idling. I will turn off if someone is coming at me as to not blind them.

Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949381 04/06/21 03:51 PM
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As I understand it, they can only be used for docking.


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949392 04/06/21 03:54 PM
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What are the specifics on the light bar and lights? hmmm

The guy I bought mine from had a Ram Mount on the front and he told me it was for lights I guess similar yours. cheers


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: BigDozer66] #13949406 04/06/21 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by BigDozer66
What are the specifics on the light bar and lights? hmmm

The guy I bought mine from had a Ram Mount on the front and he told me it was for lights I guess similar yours. cheers

BigDozer, what do you mean by what are the specifics? Are you asking how a made them?

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Here is what I found on lights.
TPAW code sec 331.064
A vessel or motorboat when not at dock must have and exhibit at least one bright light, lantern, or flashlight from sunset to sunrise in all weather. A vessel or motorboat when underway between sunset and sunrise in all weather must have and exhibit the lights prescribed by the commandant of the Coast Guard for boats of its class. No other lights that may be mistaken for those prescribed may be exhibited.

I don't understand how the gar boats get away with it


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949450 04/06/21 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Stratos2011
Just wanted to share some recent boat upgrades. Most important, not pictured i just added an Ultrex too. Where has this been my whole life.

Added side strip lights under the bump rail.
Added a ram mounted head light for idling stump fields in the dark. Its removable after the sun comes up
Added red and green nav lights
Installed new seats. Wanted originals shown re-upholstered but way too expensive so i bought new for WAY less. [Linked Image]
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You've done a good job of violating a number of applicable USCG regulations (also adopted into law by the state of Texas) on lighting. If you turn on any of those spotlights at any time other than when actually docking, you'll be subject to citation. (I understand that TPWD has issued warnings and citations for the trolling motor "docking light" when operated on open water.) Operating any light that may blind the night vision of another operator is illegal, and that's what those do. As for the side "lamp bar" lamps, those introduce confusion as to the orientation and direction of your boat. Even your after-market addition of the navigation marker lighting (red/green) is illegal. There are strict regulations as to the angle of visibility of the red and green, and that can't be controlled with any accuracy when the lighting is being placed in a curved rubrail. The color and intensity may not meet specification either. If you send your photos to the Marine Enforcement Division of TPWD in Austin, I'm rather certain they'll reply with the same opinion I've posted here.

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Originally Posted by Flippin-Out
Originally Posted by Stratos2011
Just wanted to share some recent boat upgrades. Most important, not pictured i just added an Ultrex too. Where has this been my whole life.

Added side strip lights under the bump rail.
Added a ram mounted head light for idling stump fields in the dark. Its removable after the sun comes up
Added red and green nav lights
Installed new seats. Wanted originals shown re-upholstered but way too expensive so i bought new for WAY less. [Linked Image]
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You've done a good job of violating a number of applicable USCG regulations (also adopted into law by the state of Texas) on lighting. If you turn on any of those spotlights at any time other than when actually docking, you'll be subject to citation. (I understand that TPWD has issued warnings and citations for the trolling motor "docking light" when operated on open water.) Operating any light that may blind the night vision of another operator is illegal, and that's what those do. As for the side "lamp bar" lamps, those introduce confusion as to the orientation and direction of your boat. Even your after-market addition of the navigation marker lighting (red/green) is illegal. There are strict regulations as to the angle of visibility of the red and green, and that can't be controlled with any accuracy when the lighting is being placed in a curved rubrail. The color and intensity may not meet specification either. If you send your photos to the Marine Enforcement Division of TPWD in Austin, I'm rather certain they'll reply with the same opinion I've posted here.

I will only be using the side strip lights while fishing.

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As far as the red and green, i see tons of boats with these done.

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Geesh, folks are ruthless. Looks good sir I especially like the new seats, they look great! I don't see how the white lights are an issue given that bowfisher people have massive ones with generators to run them. The red and green strips are cool too but you should have the ones on the poles when running at night just to make sure your legal. All in all it looks great, congrats!


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Re: Recent Boat Upgrades [Re: Stratos2011] #13949494 04/06/21 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Stratos2011
As far as the red and green, i see tons of boats with these done.


I picked some up for my Cajun since it is one less thing to break on the front of the boat but it is towards the bottom of my "to-do" list.

OP, boat looks great btw!

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