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.
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.
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.