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My Diy Kayak Safety Light

Discussion in 'DIY - Rigging Your Kayak' started by Florida Fish Hunter, Aug 20, 2017.


  1. Florida Fish Hunter

    Florida Fish Hunter Blackbeard
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    I have been doing a lot of night fishing here lately off of a jon boat to beat the heat and not have to deal with the boating traffic of the day. With that said I want to start going out at night with the kayak so I needed a 360 degree stern light to be legal and make myself visible to any incoming boat traffic at night. After doing some research online I came across information that states that a light of 54 lumens or greater will meet the 2 mile visibility requirement. I feel comfortable that the Ozark 100 lumens lantern with 360 degree visibility will meet my requirements in both function and cost for this DIY build. This video is just a simple display of me putting this light together that will mount on my cooler/crate.

     
  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

  3. David Carter

    David Carter Junior Member

    Great solution! Great video!
     
  4. fourtogo

    fourtogo Newbie

    I used a Pelican Safety Flashlight , runs on 3ea C-batteries . 6 night trips still bright and well seen in the dark . Added bonus I'd it will glow even after turning it off . Water proof mine safe in case you go down under Bahaha . And that tape on candy cane . Is the same tape that is used on commercial aircraft black boxes . Yes I know there not black there International Orange . That tape has amazing reflection powers .

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  5. reellivin25

    reellivin25 Junior Member

    I need one of those rod holder too
     
  6. fourtogo

    fourtogo Newbie

    Reellivin there are some YouTube videos . That's where I got my plans , 40-50$ of 1 1/2 PVC pieces and pipe , I used truck bed liner paint << very tuff stuff . I would say the only real hard part was heating the one piece the fits in the molded rod holder on Kayak . I recently added a section to move rod rack back a bit . While sitting in seat it's easier to reach back for the rods .
     
  7. Vectorman

    Vectorman Junior Member

    Great video, I always enjoy how you guys come up with simple strait forward solutions and personalize your kayaks to your own liking. Keep it up.
     
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  8. fourtogo

    fourtogo Newbie

    To flare the ends I used a small glass apple juice bottle to open the top each rod holder .you heat the 1 1/2 pvc evenly . Have on hand a spray bottle with plan water . The spray is quickly cool the pvc pipe and it will hold that shape . This makes sliding rods a lot easier
     
  9. Shrimp Gritter

    Shrimp Gritter Senior Forum Member

    Great ideas to brighten up a variety of night time activities.
     
  10. mmunier1

    mmunier1 Pirate

    Looks like a great idea thanks for the tips
     
  11. Florida Fish Hunter

    Florida Fish Hunter Blackbeard
    Thread Started By

    This is an update to a previous video I posted here where I modified a lantern for use as a kayak safety light. I now use a 3d printed base plate to mount my lantern for an easy on / off mounting solution preserving the integrity of the light assembly itself.

     
  12. btatar

    btatar Pirate

    wow that looks sweet.
     
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  13. landbaron

    landbaron Greenhorn

    great picture! Looking forward to going out when they fly the Falcon 9 Heavy
     
  14. neal gamby

    neal gamby Pirate in the making

    Great job on the video.
     

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