Up up and away…..

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August 28, 2013 by Last Star blog

Now the other day when we anchored last and something tried to eat our anchor rode we also suffered a failure of the anchor light.  This light is required by the USCG to be at the top of the mast (in the case of a sailboat) and to be visible to indicate to other vessels at night that you are anchored and please don’t run into us.  Now in some ways we were pleased to realize that since we last replaced this light bulb back in November (approx) then we clearly had anchored enough times to “burn that sucker out!”  Some folks will go years without replacing the bulb.  Now that may be the case in the future again as we had the time to request LED bulbs for the mast light and as they have like a 10,000 hour lifetime (advertised) then these should last a while.

So while ordering the bulbs I had to get “festoon” bulbs….what the hell is festoon?  In addition we have a Perko mast-light and it has two “blinders” so you need two different bulbs; one goes forward and the other aft inside the blinders.  Now props to Marinebeam.com as their site spells out the requirements on the bulbs quite nicely to ensure you don’t order the wrong thing as LED bulbs are quite different than incandescent.  Here’s the photos Patricia took last November when we did this in Florida.

Perko Mast light as seen from the side.....6 stories up!

Perko Mast light as seen from the side…..6 stories up!

As seen from above, note the "blinders" facing aft, left in this case.

As seen from above, note the “blinders” facing aft, left in this case.

8 watt incandescent festoon bulb; 1 & 1/4 inches...gets hot.

8 watt incandescent festoon bulb; 1 & 1/4 inches…gets hot.

forward bulb, no blinders

forward bulb, no blinders

Aft bulb in blinders....

Aft bulb in blinders….

Close up of Perko mast light....bored yet?  I am.

Close up of Perko mast light….bored yet? I am.

Now here’s a link to Marinebeam’s site http://store.marinebeam.com/perko-31mm-anchor-light.html if you still have questions.  Oh and that little string wrapped around the light is what Patricia uses to haul herself up there and secure herself to the mast now.  I got tired of taking her up and down the mast (so to speak).

So after I place this incredibly complex order to get these two damn lights, at $10 and $20 a piece thank you very much Last Star.  I wait patiently for my package to arrive.  Well 3 days later I get the little envelope with my treasures and I have two sparkleing new LEDs.  One red and one green!!!  These are quite pretty but not really what I needed.  Now I call Marinebeam and we go over the details and he promptly sends me the correct bulbs and a prepaid envelope to return the wrong ones so good on ’em to make it right in no time.

Here’s Patricia at the top of the mast doing what she does best–fixin’ things for me.

Yes that's really her and yes that's really damn high

Yes that’s really her and yes that’s really damn high

Here she is waving at her wonderful spouse (that's me)!  What you can't see is the vice-grip she hurled at me--kidding.

Here she is waving at her wonderful spouse (that’s me)! What you can’t see is the vice-grip she hurled at me–kidding.

Don’t know why she makes such a fuss about going up there.  In 12 months she’s rubbed off most of the oxidized paint and the mast is getting shinier and shiner.  I understand some of her famous blue toe-nail polish is now on the mast.  Look closely and you’ll see she has some odd toes, I think they are well suited for climbing like a monkey.

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4 thoughts on “Up up and away…..

  1. Grunt says:

    Now that’s funny! That’s why Wendy and I could never be cruisers: a) There is NO WAY in the world I would ever get Wendy up there to do anything, and b) If I went up the mast, the boat would capsize from a high CG. Oh well, guess I’ll have to stick with cows, chickens, and bees (and reattempting pheasants in the spring).

  2. Scott "Dobs"Stevenson says:

    I’m going to say…she doesn’t know you wrote this…for two reasons!! One, the monkey toes comment….and two, no pictures of your domesticated felines. Can’t imagine even contemplating jumping back into the “normal” grind of everyday life/work after your lifestyle….its hard enough going from Military peon to Civilian peon.

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