Posted 16 August 2014 - 05:58 PM
Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:32 PM
Don't you have wire going up there anyway for the tricolour?
Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:01 AM
Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:07 AM
Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:51 AM
I went to the local hardware store (OSH) and bought a cheap ($2.99) Chinese solar-powered garden LED light - the one on a sort of tubular stalk.
Pulled it all apart, and rebuilt the bits I needed into a small plastic box. The LED is mounted in the box top and shines up at the Windex, and the tiny (~4 in²) solar panel charges a pair of Nicad AAs. There's a light sensor which just turns off the LED in daylight.
Simple, cheap, and takes about an hour to do it.
EDIT: Oh, and apart from gooping the whole thing with silicone, put a small waterproof toggle switch in the side of the box to turn off the LED manually when you're not sailing - quick trip up the rig. But if you're on a mooring or anchored, it makes a great anchor light. You'll need the switch for the winter when the mast's out.
And if you want to be really fancy, put in a wireless remote switch salvaged from a garage door opener.
Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:35 AM
Maybe put bits of GloFast tape to your liking on the Windex and skip wiriing, solar stuff, etc. - I have their clutch labels on our boat and the glow is impressive.