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Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:48 pm
by mcrewsz71
So I've been working on an affordable wireless lighting solution for my kayaks. Last night I finally started on a multiple part rigging expedition!

The first thing I built was a 5 ft , 360° light pole that is USCG compliant. I managed to keep the build around $30 but it could be done for less!

Materials:
-10' piece of 1" schedule 40 PVC $5
- Roll of reflective tape $8
-Clevis pins $4
- SeaSense 360° stern light $20

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Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:49 am
by gumby
Nice work.
I really like that and may have to make one for some night fishing.

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:59 am
by mcrewsz71
I'm also planning on putting some lights in the hull to illuminate the entire kayak as well

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:16 am
by internetpilot
Looks great -- nice job!

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:50 am
by gumby
Where did you get your Stern Light?

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:28 pm
by mcrewsz71
gumby wrote:Where did you get your Stern Light?
http://m.overtons.com/modperl/product/d ... ht&i=21736

I believe Walmart may have them on the boat aisle as well as most sporting goods stores.

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:17 am
by gumby
After a bit of confusion as to how you mounted the light on the pole, I think I got it...

You unbolted the clamping mechanism and stuck the entire metal rod into the pvc....

Dang, I was thinking something totally different, like there was a hole in the bottom of the light that slid down over the top of the pvc.

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:17 pm
by mcrewsz71
gumby wrote:After a bit of confusion as to how you mounted the light on the pole, I think I got it...

You unbolted the clamping mechanism and stuck the entire metal rod into the pvc....

Dang, I was thinking something totally different, like there was a hole in the bottom of the light that slid down over the top of the pvc.
Yea I drilled a hole through the PVC and used the clevis pin to hold the rod in.

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Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:29 pm
by gumby
absolutely genius.

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:28 pm
by mcrewsz71
gumby wrote:absolutely genius.
Just a little ingenuity. I'm just glad this project is helping someone else!

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Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:12 pm
by yak2thefuture
Im makin one too haha.got the light from academy.its gonna be funny if we see eachother paddlin around in the dark with a 5' light stickin out lol

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:27 pm
by gumby
yak2thefuture wrote:Im makin one too haha.got the light from academy.its gonna be funny if we see eachother paddlin around in the dark with a 5' light stickin out lol
I'll also have a 450 lumen led camping lantern hanging off an old surf rod as well or use that handy dandy little clevis pin to hang the lantern from; I'm guessing that it will have a little sway as my kayak rolls along at night.

Re: Wireless Kayak Lighting

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:57 pm
by 3sports71
Brilliant!

Seriously, well done. I imagine it would have cost quite a bit to purchase a lighting setup.