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How to confidently board and unlock your yacht on dark moonless nights

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What is the issue?
Climbing aboard and unlocking a vessel on dark moonless nights can involve considerable groping in the dark and the occasional stubbed toe. But, in a power conserving world, the last thing you want to do is leave deck lights burning away all evening awaiting your return.

Why address this?
To add convenience, comfort and safety to your sailing life, and avoid the odd sore toe and bruise or two.

How to address this?
Mount a solar-powered patio light on a post so that it illuminates the landing and cockpit areas. They draw no power from the yacht's reserves and come on automatically at dusk.
Solar powered patio light
Photo: Courtesy of GardenBliss

Most large hardware or garden stores offer solar-powered lights that illuminate garden pathways. These lights can be purchased for a negligible sum of money and require little rigging. They can just as easily be mounted in the cockpit area or on a flagpole with a minimum of effort. These lights typically offer several hours of low-level cockpit illumination after dark. The light they provide perfectly facilitates climbing aboard and unlocking the vessel.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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Dave Maher wrote this review on Sep 12th 2015:
Another option is LED 12V lights with IR Remote Controller, very cheap and easy to install, hit the remote and your deck lights come on giving exceptional light and safety.

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