Replacing Stern Light Lens and LED
I got to the boat around 10 AM, a bit of a slow start.
The LED bulbs and Perko stern and nav light lens arrived during the week. I first changed the stern light lens and installed LED bulbs. It’s bright! And the current draw is minuscule compared to the bulb it replaced.
Replacing Nav Light Lens and LED
I then changed the nav light lens and put the new LED bulbs in. When I went to check, the lights didn’t work. I took out the voltmeter, traced the wiring and found that the wires were cut off in the bow compartment. I think the workers at the yard cut them off when they did some work to reinforce pulpit base.
No matter, the old wiring was a big mess anyway. I removed the wiring which was a big ball of tape and replaced with a cleanly routed marine grade wiring. Nav lights then worked.
It’s kind of amazing that you can still get replacement parts for these nav lights that are 35 years old.
I had a new LED mast light installed when the mast was pulled a few months ago. The mast was completely overhauled, stripped and powder coated. It looks really nice.
Naturally, I wanted to wire up the mast light also, it was long overdue. When I went to wire it up down below though, I found that old wiring was badly corroded. It runs under the floorboard where water collects. I rewired, but I’ll have to inspect and change this wire regularly as it will see plenty of water.
I now had all the lights working. This means I can get stuck out on the ocean at night. Since all exterior lights are now LED, the total current draw is less than just one of the old bulbs. I can now be stuck out there in the dark for much longer.
Before I went home, I measured the lifelines, deck plates and also the cabin windows.