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Postby lgpjr49 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:01 am

Hey guys, does anyone put lights on the front of their boat to help them see ahead of them in the dark? If so how are they mounted and where are they mounted? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby MNGunner » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:15 pm

http://www.gatortraxboats.com/c-18-electrical.aspx

Check the sotlight or lightbar kits
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Re: Spotlights

Postby mudpack » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:01 pm

I've found that hard-mounted spotlights on a boat are only marginally useful and vulnerable. Everyone I know, who has tried to use them, has ultimately taken them off and gone to a hand-held unit.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby MNGunner » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:22 pm

mudpack wrote:I've found that hard-mounted spotlights on a boat are only marginally useful and vulnerable. Everyone I know, who has tried to use them, has ultimately taken them off and gone to a hand-held unit.


Not me or the guys I know! Mounted lights are incredibly useful!! They also allow you to keep one hand on the tiller and one hand on the grab bar (or GPS, etc) and still see. Way brighter than a handheld and worth every penny

I do keep a hand held nearby but never use it for driving (sometimes a passenger will shine to the sides).
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Weedwacker » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:15 pm

No me or the guys I know! Mounted lights are incredibly useful!! They also allow you to keep one hand on the tiller and one hand on the grab bar (or GPS, etc) and still see. Way brighter than a handheld and worth every penny

I do keep a hand held nearby but never use it for driving (sometimes a passenger will shine to the sides).[/quote]

This. Have them mounted under bow were they won't hit the dock, keeps glare down, hands free. Also have pair of fogs in same area , use those mostly for set up or close up search of shore line. Handhelds are at the ready for me and one for guy in front.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Legband#1 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:57 pm

I also use hard mounted spot lights on both of my boats.
One has dual head light the other a go devil rotating single light they both have there strengths.
I find them very helpful.
As I think about it most if not all of my buddy's also have them.
It's pretty standard where we hunt.
Here are pics of mine.
I'm sure there are better ones out there.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby h.kizzle » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:06 pm

The 3200 lumen led lightbar I mounted on the front of my boat is awesome. I built an aluminum box and mounted the light inside of it. I run a mod-v and have the light as far forward as the boat will allow while keeping the box inside the gunwales to somewhat protect it. I figure beating up the box will happen sooner or later but the light won't take the blows. I'll never run a boat without a similar set up. You keep the light in front of the boat and dont have the glare created inside of the boat that you get with a handheld light. It is way better than trying to drive and hold a spotlight at the same time. It also beats having a buddy shine the light. They never seem to be looking at the same stuff I am which gets annoying. Still keep the handheld for looking around but hardly use it.

I picked up the lightbar on ebay for $100. There are better ones out there for sure, but when I got it 4 years ago I wasn't sure how it would work because I hadn't heard of anyone using one. When I decide to upgrade I'll most likely get a combination bar with floodlights on each side and spotlights in the middle.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby roughneck1860 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:34 am

rigid industries d2s in the driving pattern

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Re: Spotlights

Postby aunt betty » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:14 am

I bought a pair of auxiliary lights from a farm store for $20. Still use the hand held but I really like my headlights.
Get the kind that has a narrow flood pattern. 60 degrees side to side and fairly narrow top to bottom. Point is don't get the spot light variety. You have to look at the packages.

For $20 they work great. Sure there are nicer lights but these...I can afford to break and replace. (Or lose or get stolen)
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Re: Spotlights

Postby herm1984 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:08 pm

seelites drilled and screwed directly to the boat.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby mudpack » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:21 am

Man, don't we duck hunters just love our gadgets. :lol3:
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Legband#1 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:02 am

Yes we do!
But I think it transcends Duck hunting.
To men I general at least real guys.
Ever see a fly fisherman ?
He's got more gadgets on his vest than a astronaut on a space station repair walk.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby lgpjr49 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:29 pm

Legband how did you attach the winch to your boat that's the cleanest setup I've seen
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Legband#1 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:06 pm

lgpjr49 wrote:Legband how did you attach the winch to your boat that's the cleanest setup I've seen


I made a leveling platform to give me a even surface flush with the bow edge.
Then bolted it to the bow and the casting deck.
Once I had the flat surface I simply bolted the winch to the platform.
Then I used a 3/16 x 1-1/2 x 3" rectangular tube for my boom.
I made a roller out of a piece of 1" stock.
I drilled two holes in the top of of the tube big enough to fit a socket through and drilled mounting holes below them.
If you are interested I can take a couple more pics for you.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby lgpjr49 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:34 am

Yeah, that would be great if you don't mind.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Legband#1 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:53 am

lgpjr49 wrote:Yeah, that would be great if you don't mind.


Absolutely I will try to do it this evening. :smile:
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