NJ Fishing Advertise Here at New Jersey's Number 1 Fishing Website!

Message Board

Navigation Lights - NJFishing.com Your Best Online Source for Fishing Information in New Jersey

Message Board Registration       FAQ

Go Back   NJFishing.com Your Best Online Source for Fishing Information in New Jersey > NJFishing.com Boating
FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

NJFishing.com Boating Use this board to discuss anything related to boats and boating in NJ

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2016, 09:36 AM
Gerry Zagorski's Avatar
Gerry Zagorski Gerry Zagorski is online now
Owner NJFishing.com
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Edison, NJ
Posts: 9,211
Default Navigation Lights

Getting dark a lot sooner this time of year and many of our after work trips we're coming home at night. Last time out I noticed our white stern running light was out as was our forward facing white mast light so I shot down the boat yesterday to trouble shoot them. Turns out we had some corrosion on the stern light bulb contacts and a wiring issue on the forward facing white mast light so an easy fix.

It's very important to make sure all your navigation lights are in working order and preferably before you leave the dock. If people can't see and or judge the direction you're traveling, it can cause confusion or worse yet, a collision.

The older style incandescent bulbs are prone to corrosion and sometimes all it takes is a little cleaning up of the contacts to bring them back to life. Other times they fail completely which is why it's always good to have spares on board.

A lot people are now switching over to LED navigation lights. There are a lot of benefits to them. They are sealed so the contacts are not prone to corrosion, consume a lot less power so you won't wear down your battery and they are a lot brighter then incandescents.

Our masthead light was shot so we replaced it with LED last year and will probably do the same with the others for peace of mind. If you are replacing them make sure to use water proof heat shrink connectors for the wire splices.

For those of you not familiar with how navigation lights should be configured, here is a helpful graph I found on the west marine site.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Navigation Lights.JPG
Views:	137
Size:	45.2 KB
ID:	104151  

Gerry Zagorski <><

Founder/Owner of NJFishing.com since 1997
Proud Supporter of SSFFF and RFA
28 Carolina Classic
Sandy Hook Area
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.