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Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby jakefromflorida » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:32 pm

I have about 3 different mag lights, one head lamp and a spotlight...

It's still not enough, lol.

Found some scrap metal laying around and had some down time so I decided to build a housing for some lights. I don't really plan to use them other then if I need to navigate through thick stump fields or other debris, which is rare. Or, to help set up my spread in the morning. I've been accused more then once for setting my spread up to small, tight, and close to the blind. I also tend to miss my target area for setting up sometimes, pretty much just a bonehead.

So.... Here's what I came up with.

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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby Drakenstien » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:33 pm

Contrary to belief I half had no glare problems with these lights. The light up both sides of a good size river. Iv got four and I use them on windy, cloudy cloudy, and rainy mornings. But, a set up like this would be good to protect them from the dock .Image


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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby jakefromflorida » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:46 pm

Drake, them things are sharp! Did you build them!?

I bet they light the world up! Lol


Mine are a littler low key, I think I prefer it that way. However, you ever try yours for gigging or bowfishing?
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby Drakenstien » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:03 pm

They do light up the world and we were grilling out last night on the sandbar and tried them out. It was windy and muddy but you could still gig with them. I like using them for setting decoys too


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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby aunt betty » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:37 pm

I have headlights but only for navigation. Use a Coleman lantern hung up in a tree or on the front of your boat to setup. It really helps me to not set up too close or far.

Tip: my footsteps, two steps is five feet. I count out steps and usually have my furthest decoys at around 60-70 feet...no more. Close is good. Sit still, shoot ducks from less than 20 YARDS!
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Postby aunt betty » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Not kidding. Closer is better.
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby jakefromflorida » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:36 pm

Aunt betty, have you ever seen a boat with our style lights on, running the river or lake early in the morning?
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:04 pm

I see them all the time on the newer boats. Older guys are still using lanterns or spot lights.
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby jakefromflorida » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:29 am

KillerKowalski wrote:I see them all the time on the newer boats. Older guys are still using lanterns or spot lights.

Then you probably know how aggravating it is to see those lights while your trying to get to your spot. Not only is it dangerous, but blinds anyone else who happens to be looking that way.
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby Drakenstien » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:39 am

I just slow down and make them point up or turn one side off


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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby jakefromflorida » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:59 am

Drakenstien wrote:I just slow down and make them point up or turn one side off


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Then your the minority. Most around here who have them... Keep them on as soon as they leave and regardless who they pass by... They keep em on and pointed torwards their spot. Problem is... From the other person's view, all you see is bright lights and no nav lights. It's dangerous imo.
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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby tknight006 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:32 pm

I recently purchased lights for the front of my boat as well.

With that being said... "technically", the lights are intended for docking purposes only and are not allowed when running the boat for any other purpose. There is a good possiblilty that you can get cited for having headlights on the front of your boat (I'm speaking based of experience only in Florida)

From coast guard regulations :
(b) The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights which cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a proper look-out.

Headlights make it very hard for other boaters to see your front nav lights.

I know the rules, and I know what I intend to use them for. There are some places where I'm not worried about other folks being around, and a spotlight is a pain in the arse sometimes. It is still my primary means of lighting though.


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Re: Homemade scrap lights for early morning set ups.

Postby Drakenstien » Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:20 pm

jakefromflorida wrote:
Drakenstien wrote:I just slow down and make them point up or turn one side off


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Then your the minority. Most around here who have them... Keep them on as soon as they leave and regardless who they pass by... They keep em on and pointed torwards their spot. Problem is... From the other person's view, all you see is bright lights and no nav lights. It's dangerous imo.



Yea, those people are in considerate and I wish the people with bright dock lights would think about it too


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