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Masthead and Steaming light not working. #17824
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Hi, I went up the mast to figure out why my masthead light wasn't working to find I don't actually have one installed even though my panel says I do. Is this normal?

Also my Steaming and deck light appears to not work either all corroded inside. does anyone have a cheap fix for removing the corrosion or should bite the bullet and replace it.

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Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17825
05/01/18 10:15 AM
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Normal that there isn't a masthead light. Bite the bullet and replace the steaming light. If it is anything like I had on Rhapsody, you'll find the mast wire is all brittle and needs to be replaced with good marine grade tinned wire too.

Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17826
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Do you not require a masthead light for night racing? I guess you can use your steaming light for anchoring.

Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17827
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No - see inland rule #25 for required lights on a sailing vessel.

Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17831
05/02/18 11:34 AM
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Windex light is helpful at night. Looks like they now have an LED version, but holding out for Davis create one with a self contained battery and solar cell to eliminate the wiring.

Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17835
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I just added the combination masthead and deck light and then also got the cage to go around it. My mast had the remnants of the wiring for this light but I am pretty sure these lights take a lot of abuse. I attached the cage with Monel rivets rather than screws to further increase the strength of the cage. To wire this combination light requires a three conductor wire.

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Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Coastie] #17837
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Hi Coastie,

I have three wires at the moment coming out of the mast to the steaming light. I think two white and one black would I need to add to that? they are separately controlled back to my electrical board.

Thanks

Paul

Re: Masthead and Steaming light not working. [Re: Pabs] #17838
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That sounds like what you need, if the wire is actually in reasonably good condition. Black is the hot lead and the two whites are the switched lines. Going to LED also means you don't mind using the deck light even when just sitting at the dock. This light just loves to get tangled in lines and sails, so take some steps to keep it on the mast.

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