Illuminating the rig

  • 26 Jan 2013 03:28
    Reply # 1189761 on 1189732
    Neil Tanner wrote:Dave, what type of headlamp do you have?

    Not a head lamp but looks interesting:
    Fenix TK-series flashlight
    Thor X Sirius Long Range Handheld Spotlight
    Energizer brand, model unknown, not marked on it.
  • 26 Jan 2013 02:35
    Reply # 1189732 on 1183934
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    Dave, what type of headlamp do you have?

    Not a head lamp but looks interesting:
    Fenix TK-series flashlight
    Thor X Sirius Long Range Handheld Spotlight
    Last modified: 26 Jan 2013 02:53 | Deleted user
  • 26 Jan 2013 02:13
    Reply # 1189716 on 1183934
    I have a headtorch that cycles between floodlight/spotlight/both/red light. The red light would do nothing at all towards illuminating the rig.
  • 26 Jan 2013 02:03
    Reply # 1189710 on 1183934
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    To be fair, I've never used the headlamp for on deck work so I'd be a bit leary with the led lamp on a hat or headband unless of course you are solo...if you're up forward and someone calls you from the cockpit and you turn towards them...there goes their night vision for a while.... maybe there's a good way around this.  Those superbright leds are bright!  I wonder how they'd work if you put a red filter on it?  I know my old two cell (AA) incandesent with a red lens is very bright.  I wonder if the superbright LED w/ filter give you enought light to see up the mast if that is where it was directed?
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  • 22 Jan 2013 01:37
    Reply # 1185357 on 1183934
    I have one of these. It's getting a bit sad now but they work very well.
    Last modified: 22 Jan 2013 12:08 | Anonymous member
  • 21 Jan 2013 23:43
    Reply # 1185291 on 1183934
    An LED lamp on your head has the merit of simplicity and I shall try it since I have one standing by, but I do like David's fiendishly clever idea, as I can scramble around, pulling on the various running lines, while glancing over my shoulder at the sail which is permanently illuminated by the fixed light.  Now I just have to work out where to mount it.  PS: since I fitted my throat hauling parrel and fixed luff parrels, I am not that concerned about handling the sail at night, as the sail has become very docile and predictable.  It goes up smoothly and it comes down with just the right amount of positive stagger in the battens and all I have to do is take the slack out of the running parrels and sheet.  Still, it is nice to be able to keep an eye on it all.
    Last modified: 21 Jan 2013 23:44 | Anonymous member
  • 21 Jan 2013 18:19
    Reply # 1184949 on 1183934
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    I have found that the Princeton Water Resistant Head Light mounted to my forehead with my neck acting as the swivel has worked flawlessly for many years whether adjusting sail or lines. Doesn't interfere with night vision and has a multi level setting for just the right light. Really easy on batteries as well.

    The illumination from the port and starboard lights gives the deck a very nice low level of lighting.
    Last modified: 21 Jan 2013 18:20 | Deleted user
  • 20 Jan 2013 03:37
    Message # 1183934

    Arne Kverneland wrote:
    Graham, would it be an idea to have a LED lamp ready to let you see the sail even when pitch dark? If set to a low level they should not need to blind you. Just an armchair idea from a die hard daysailer...

    Graham Cox wrote:
    Yes, good idea Arne. I have thought about it. Actually I was thinking of a swiveling spotlight on the davits that I could rotate to shine on the leech on either tack, a bit like spreader lights on a bermudian rig. It ruins your night vision but in the open sea that's not such a problem. There are other times I could use a spotlight anyway, such as when looking for moorings or fishtraps on a dark night! I might also revert to my old practice of tucking in a couple of reefs at sunset and taking it easy through the night. Happy Christmas!

    I think I have an answer that will satisfy my need for viewing the sail well enough on a moonless night. I have bought an LED sternlight, 1W power, and mounted it on the shallowly sloping forward end of my coachroof, at 90 degrees to the normal angle, that is, so that the usual 135 degree angle of visibility is in the vertical plane, from horizontally forward, through vertical, to 45 degrees aft. There will be some light shining to either side of this, of course. It will reflect off the bottom of the sail bundle when anchored or moored, and illuminate the whole sail while sailing.
    Last modified: 20 Jan 2013 04:12 | Anonymous member
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