Spot/Flood combo to replace 12v boat spotlight?

DanK319

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Hi All,

My trusty spotlight for my boat finally gave up the ghost. The cord was always a bit of a pain anyway, so I grabbed a reasonably bright 18650 CREE for the weekend.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It turns out that what makes a good light for walking my dog in the woods does not equal a good light for night boating.

I need to be able to see lobster pots, which are often 3/4 submerged, 100-300' before I hit them. I also need to be able to see where the banks are when I'm in a river that's ~75' wide. Bonus points if it can light up the reflector on a channel marker from a distance.

The 15 year old 12v plug-in I had was far better at this than I gave it credit for. I'm wondering if I should just buy another marine spotlight, or if the flashlight world has a better solution for me.

For reference, this is similar to what I had, except mine was halogen and not battery: https://www.westmarine.com/west-mar...e_demandware_net__WestMarine__products__en_US

I'm also considering this: https://www.westmarine.com/west-mar...e_demandware_net__WestMarine__products__en_US

Any suggestions? Thanks all!
 

letschat7

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What about Led Lenser X21R? It is available all over the world and the focused beam has quite a lot of reach.
 

DanK319

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What about Led Lenser X21R? It is available all over the world and the focused beam has quite a lot of reach.
That looks really nice! However, I don't think I want to drop almost $500USD (I'm in the US) on something with the potential to end up in the river and/or ruined by saltwater. I think I'd want to stay in the $100ish range, unless it is 100% waterproof and floats, in which case I'd be willing to bump the budget a bit.

Thanks for the suggestion! That's a cool light that I didn't know existed.
 

DanK319

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I like that Waypoint! How's the spill? That throw is plenty if the specs are anywhere near accurate - but will it catch a lobster pot that's a little outside of where you're pointing? I'll try to find some vids on youtube or some beam pictures. That could be just what I'm looking for. Thanks!
 

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It has some spill but not bright enough to reflect off of the bow too bad. It throws forever. I have the Waypoint and the specs are accurate according to my meter.
I ran the Mississipi river a lot when I was young. I had a pretty good halogen spotlight then but it didn't throw like this. The beam is pretty narrow, listed on parametric as 4 degrees but I think it is just a bit wider.
 
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