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LED lights for cruising boats, RVs, Cabins

LEDs are advancing rapidly.  Although they have always been very energy efficient, the earlier ones  were blueish-colored, not very bright, and not very long-lived (see our Yard Sale section).  Fortunately, the newer ones have overcome those problems.  They are now available in just about any form to replace nearly any light bulb, and the prices are coming down.   Because we (at least try) to keep up with what’s happening in LEDs and represent several companies that make LED lights, we can probably recommend the best product for your application.  Call us for suggestions.   Following are some of the companies we represent, in no particular order:

Stecktronics – Reynold Steckley in Marathon, FL, has been building extremely reliable, bright, and energy efficient bulb replacements and assemblies for years now.  He builds LED clusters that replace incandescent bulbs, optionally assembles them into housings, and now has navigation light assemblies.  His latest offering are USCG approved anchor and tri-color lights.  The tri-color/anchor is available with an innovative feature:  The anchor and tri-color can both operate off of two wires, and you choose between anchor and tri-color by turning the switch on and off (no additional switching required).  Also, the anchor light can be made to “strobe” by a sequence of switching.   He makes  an anchorlight assembly for $66, the best value on the market, and it fits the same mounting holes as the Aqua Signal.

Orca Green Marine – One of the first on the market with USCG approved navigation light assemblies.  Extremely waterproof and bright.

Dr LED – Chinese-made bulb replacements (and now some housing assemblies) for nearly any housing, interior or navigation light.  Simply remove the old bulb and install the LED cluster:  plug-and-play.  The anchor light bulb replacement ($46) has been the most popular and is the most cost effective LED replacement you can get.  It is USCG approved when used in an Aqua Signal series 40 housing.  Latest offerings are an LED deck light (the “Kevin”) and a very stylish chart light.  New: the only bulb replacement for small stainless domed nav lights used on small boats.

Marine Beam – The first company to offer a replacement LED cluster for small recessed dome lights.  Warm colors, very energy efficient and reliable.  At $10 their Davis Megalight bulb replacement is a best value and is more energy efficient and brighter than the original.

Bebi –   Former cruisers now living in Fiji build these basic bulb replacements.  A wide variety of products, all with a lifetime warranty.  One of the most energy efficient product choices available and comes with a dual circuit driver that increases reliability.  Hand-made and sometimes requires additional handiwork to install.  Check out their Fautasi fluorescent light relacement and Beka cockpit light.

Sailor’s Solutions (makers of the SensiBulb) – Technically one of the most advanced bulb replacements, with precise energy and heat control (needed for the newer SMT LEDs). Made in the USA.   Innovative mounting system allows it to be used in a reading light or dome light.  Bright and warm, you can’t tell there is an LED in the fixture. See the Sensibulb here.

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Yard Sale/Used Marine Equipment

It’s like a yard sale for cruisers… We have a lot of stuff that has accumulated, mostly used marine equipment, but also new, older stock.  Some of this stuff  we purchased thinking it could be resold, then didn’t sell for whatever reason, like not meeting our qualifications, not a popular item, or we didn’t take the time to market it.  Some of this stuff was part of something we used, some of it left over R&D, and some is left over from our days of sailing/cruising.  None of the Yard Sale stuff has a warranty, but I will give a satisfaction guaranty; send it back for a full refund within two weeks of purchase if you are unhappy for any reason.

C-40 charge controller, formerly on the KISSMobile.  Old, but works (maybe better than the new ones)… $25

Amp Air wind generator.  Like new. With Charge Controller (only), $35

LED clusters. Various types, let me know what you want.  1/2 price for new Dr. LED, Bebi, Marine Beam, and others.  For example:  Marine Beam Anchor Light, USCG 3MN, ABYC A-16, Part Number N1-360-CLRB, 2watts.  Normally $89, now $44.50.  Note: limited supplies 


Handy Hangers.  These are the neatest thing for hanging lines.  Two versions, one for a flat surface (or a mast) and the other for a lifeline or one inch rail.  Coil your rope and insert. Can also be used to hang bicycles, hoses, you name it.  Only a few left.  $5/ea call (727) 943 -0424

Charts,  about 300 of them.  Mostly out of date.  Great for wall covering or table tops.  Some from Japan, south Pacific.  Mostly Caribbean, south and central America.  Mostly NOAA, some Admiralty, some chart books, and others.  $2/ea.  $300 all.   Please, I’m not going to go through them all looking for a specific chart for two dollars.  My list that had every chart and all the infomation was lost when the boat sank (it’s a long story)…

Boom, aluminum, about 14 feet long $50

Spinaker poles, 2; one bent with good fittings, one straight with bad fittings.  You make one and recycle the rest.  $100

Fans:  Over the years we’ve tested many fans.   These are mostly 120MM X 120MM X 38MM.   Panaflo FBA12G12M 0.48A and 0.33A.  Some Rotron, Nidec, Delta, others.  $3 /ea  Let me know what you are looking for.

Circuit board with amplifier and parts. LM380N , momentary push on switch, 2) 8 pin telephone-like plugs.  Orginally an amplifier for cell phones used with a speaker in a car.  I have several hundred.  $0.50 or best offer.   (727) 943-042NC25A charge controller, $25 factory reconditioned

Blue Sky Energy SB6024 factory reconditioned $200

Blue Sky Energy SB3048 factory reconditioned $200