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Old 06-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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First let me say that I have not done this yet, but was an idea that I had and wanted to get some input on whether or not it would work.
Ok, I have been looking at getting a SOT for some time, and have an opportunity to get an Ascend FS12T for cheap. I want to illuminate the deck and maybe some other lights just for visibility to the motorboaters. My plan is to use LED lights, and wire them myself using single LED's. My plan is to drill holes for each individual LED along where I want there to be light. I won't be going around the entire body, but say 10 holes each on either side of the front and same for the rear. That's 40 holes! Of course I will be siliconing them all to keep them as waterproof as possible. The wires and connections will all be inside the hull, (hopefully staying dry). My concern is will this cause any structural damage to the yak or will it be ok? I also wanted to put 3 or 4 puck lights on the bottom of the hull, to shine down into the water, but I may hold off on that idea.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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I wouldn't go drilling 40 holes in your yak, when you can get adhesive LED light strips and be able to drill just one or two holes. The more holes you drill, the more likely there is to be a leak somewhere. Check with http://www.bluewaterled.com/ (they make LED lighting for boats and trailers and have adhesive LED strips) or check Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1M-3528-LED-...item4ab87dd601) for waterproof LED light strip.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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That's about how many holes they drill in the caskets for burials at sea. Just saying
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Yeah, the more I think about it, the more it seems like a bad idea. I wanted to do all the wiring and stuff myself, but I'm leaning more towards the already made stuff.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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Holes above water line = leaks

Holes below water line = sink

If you decide to drill that many holes be sure to add a bilge pump to your material list.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:28 AM   #6
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Holes above water line = leaks

Holes below water line = sink

If you decide to drill that many holes be sure to add a bilge pump to your material list.

Bryan
LOL... This is true.. Water weld is a great investment
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:47 PM   #7
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the SOT ascend kayaks I've seen are filled with foam on the inside from behind the front hatch to the rear of the boat. This makes it near impossible to sink but you'll never be able to modify it like that without removing all the foam (which is near impossible to do without dagaming your boat). If you're worried about visibality just mount a nav light on the hull or a milk crate and hook it up to a battery.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #8
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What if you use a 12v led rope light.
Use adehsive backed cable tie bases to secure it with cable ties.
Then you only drill one hole for the power cable at one end of the rope.
Maybe plaed around the perimeter.
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We need a new sticky...
"Pimp My Yak"
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #10
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DON'T DO IT!!! They will leak and your wiring will rust out and short every few weeks - few months depending on how often you use it.

You'll be MUCH better off with a white light on the end of a PVC pole or dowel rod that's above your head that's visible from 360 degrees. Lights on a kayak hull are too low to the water for any conditions other than glass calm.

Good luck,
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