Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Spreader lights & Nav lights installed Blog #124

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

With the lights attached to the spreaders, it’s time to get the spreaders on the mast. The challenge with this project, was the grommets. Firstly, it was a surprise to me how rare these beasties are. I bought a box of various sizes at a local auto parts shop but they were pvc plastic and proved to be way too difficult to insert. So I had to hunt around on the `net and order some rubber ones because there were none to be found locally.

I installed the tri-light on the mast head and then I cleverly remembered to orient it correctly in relation to the boat. More on this come mast install day.

I then hooked up and installed the mast nav lights. I had to revisit the spreader light mounts because one side had been knocked loose.

With all the wiring and lights installed, the spreader stays attached to their new brackets, the coax has a connector installed, the next step is to have the rigger come and put the stick up but thats a story for another day…

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Spreader LIghts Vlog #123

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

When I bought Little Bear, the spreader lights had been removed. The wires were still hanging ragged off the spreaders but the lights were long gone. The cost for anything with the word ‘marine’ attached to it makes the thing ridiculously expensive. I priced a pair of LED spreader lights at $300 per. (!!!) I then jumped online and did a quick search. I discovered these 6 LED each lights for $60 per pair. Nice savings and these suckers are BRIGHT. Yep I will be able to see the deck in the darkest and most foul of nights.

I also get to use my new label maker with some heat-shrink tubing. Very cool, very effective.

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.