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Old 09-13-2015, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default Got the lights mounted!

Again, thank you to all the folks who made suggestions and offered good ideas. Here is the run down on the light mounts:

Wiring: Wired light to light with 16/3. This gauge wire does fine and fit into the recepticle well. I daisy chained two together with a pigtail coming out of one of the two to plug in two at a time. I bought 12/3 marine wire, but it was larger than I expected and unable to fish two sets through the opening. I will use 12/3 to run from the generator to under the front deck where I will mount the outlet/switches (dry zone). The wire is sealed with RTV going into the lights.

Brackets: Went to T&C Metals and bought 1/8" x 2" flat stock. I looked at the 1/4" and 3/16" stock and settled on the 1/8" hoping it is substantial enough. The material is thick, bendable and will hold its shape well. I used blocks of wood in a vice to sandwich the metal and good old human power to bend it. I am fairly pleased with the results. The cost of the metal was $12 for a 12' length! Pretty cheap.

Attachment: Bought Stainless 5/16 bolts in Elberta while buying my weed chemicals. They have stainless bolts/nuts at $5.99/pound. $2.00/pound for washers. I should have bought more at those prices! The flat area I drilled for mounting is angled and the bolts don't come out straight as I wished, but I can accept that. I would have to grind down something at an angle to fix it properly. Also, the drilled area is very thin. I used fender washers to try to spread out the weight and strengthen the structure. I cut 1/2" PVC pipe for the spacers as you need to have the ears wider than the box to allow full rotation of the light. I also rounded the edges on my belt sander to eliminate cut hazards. To create the angled mounting, I cut down some scrap mahogany at to allow for the lights to pitch over the edge of my mounting plate. The mounting plate is 1/2" plywood X 2 glued with liquid nails and a bunch of brad nails. Puttied over and painted 3 x with white exterior and some goofy texture paint for nonskid (fail). Everything is mounted to the plywood and it is bolted to the boat for easy removal.

Lights: Econolight HPS150w lights - painted inside with high temp white. Still need to paint the outside with the truck bed liner paint from the autoparts store.

Now to stab some flatties
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Clean looking set.
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Good looking job, now lets see some stabbin!!!
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:54 PM   #4
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Default Rough water and stupid tilt/trim crapped out last night = grrr!

Go figure, finish propping up the position lights, get the HPS setup running, motor out, no trim. I have one on order and it will be here tomorrow! I wanted to go local, but the $300 price vs. $225 on line was too much to eat. (I could almost buy two more HPS lights with the savings - lol!)

I may have to work on positioning the lights differently, but I can tell a big difference. Even with the North wind beating the shore where I was, I could see a bit of the bottom.

Be out there soon!

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Looks great!!
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Nice clean install. Looks like some major lumens there. Light 'em up!
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Bob, great job and real good timing. Best months coming.
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Nice clean setup. The only negative I see is no trolling motor.
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I have a feeling that Bob has a cookie jar in the kitchen that he will stuff his trim tilt and other savings in until he finds a deal on a good trolling motor set up. Happy hunting!
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Nice BOB! Lets go!!!!
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