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Docking lights install in a 2016 AR240 - Fall mods

Discussion in 'Yamaha AR240, SX240, 242 Limited / S / X/ E-Series' started by swatski, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Got to take advantage of 75deg weather in the middle of November, right?

    Finally got to install my new docking lights! Trying to decide between Attwood and Seadog, I figured Attwoods were what Yamaha uses in Limited models, so I went with those and installed in the same location.
    upload_2016-11-17_1-21-26.png

    https://www.amazon.com/Attwood-6522SS7-LED-Docking-Light/dp/B0074WG47K

    Not too bad of an install. Went with a missile launcher for the switch, I think it looks cute :D.
    upload_2016-11-17_1-26-56.png upload_2016-11-17_1-27-15.png
    upload_2016-11-17_1-27-36.png upload_2016-11-17_1-27-55.png


    Also finished the SeaDek - looks pretty good.
    upload_2016-11-17_1-32-32.png


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  2. robert843

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    @swatski I cant find what I'm looking for online. How big of a hole did you have to drill for this is it recessed into the hull or basically screwed on?
     
  3. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Not recessed, which I liked, makes the install easy.
    If you search for Attwood 6522SS7 -- should pull a bunch of pics in google.
    Here is the link to what (I think) I actually bought:
    https://www.amazon.com/Attwood-6522SS7-LED-Docking-Light/dp/B0074WG47K

    Three small holes in the corners for SS screws (not provided), I used 3/16, and one larger in the middle for the cable.

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  4. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

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    I love that switch. Just curious if it is marine rated. Want to know for down the road on a project where that would be very cool for me.
     
  5. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Nope, not marine rated. Strait out of Advance Parts (or AutoZOne) $12 beauty, LOL, back just dipped in silicone, that's all. It is the simplest 2-way, and fused at a little bus I have under the dash.
    I could swap it - that location under the dash is in plain sight and reach.

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  6. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

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    Darn it I was hoping it was. So the ingress point on toggle switches like that is where the stick like part your finger touches (actuator) connects with the base as kind of a ball and socket. Moisture/Water can actaully get inside of the switch housing and cause unpleasant things like rust or short circuits. I believe there are rubber covers made to go over the actuator and the nut that secures it to the base but I don't know how effective they are.

    The standard large size plastic switches you see on most boats differ as the switch body is completely sealed and the actuator does not penetrate the switch body.
     
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  7. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Alright, I will have to swap the switch. I know exactly what you are saying.
    But I do want a dedicated, big a$$, stand alone, and easily accessible (even with gloves on) switch for my forward docking lights. I have learned in the past those things can come in real handy at times.

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  8. Mainah

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    I hve found that the effective distance on those docking lights is less than desired yet still useful. An at the ready hand held spotlight is a very high recommendation of mine for night boating. Of course don't have it constantly on but when you know your approching a hazard or there appears that something random may be in the water ahead then it comes in real handy.
     
  9. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    The challenge for me is to have those things (like a spotlight) handy when I actually need them!

    I may go with one of those sealed Push-Pull switches.

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  10. Mainah

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    @swatski - You may want to try this toggle boot to fit in the switch you have http://a.co/aok1Sk7 Or I really like the look of these switches which are ip67 rated and wil be easily found at night http://a.co/7fP69AN If you get the switch this is the lager 22mm size which has a pigtail available to make wiring easier.
     
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  11. swatski

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    Thank you @Mainah -- I think the second one is the winner.

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    @swatski - I had planned on only being on this site to keep updated on deals/group buys during the offseason but all of your work on mods has me addicted to this site again and very jealous. I wish very badly that I had not wrapped my boat already. My wife on the other hand is very happy that I did;). She however is not aware that parts for next year's mods have already started arriving and are being hidden in the rafters of the garage. :winkingthumbsup"

    Keep up the great work!
     
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  13. swatski

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    Oh, I know what you mean. I'm getting deliveries anytime my wife is out of town, LOL.

    My big to do item is the L13 cone, two of those actually... That is going to take some serious strategizing on my part, LOL. Not sure how I'm going to pull that one off...

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    Now come on, you know any up-grade like this needs to be fully explained with full picture references :D. Looks great btw :winkingthumbsup".
     
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    @swatski, now you have had time to use the docking lights what do you think? We were at St. Charles boat and motor open how last weekend. My wife fell in love with the docking lights on the 2018's, Now I need to add them. Looking at the same lights you bought
     
  16. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Those work fine - for docking. They will not lite up the night in front of you or help guide you in the channel.
    They are the same or better than the OEM used on LS/X lines.

    Very helpful when coming back into docks and into the lift. I also like the fact that you will not blind and/or offend anyone using those on the approach.

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    This is what I use, small, lightweight, waterproof, zoom, and very bright
    http://a.co/2gmLflQ

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    Or these
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  18. Mike Byrd

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    Did you add a fuse for these lights? If so, what size?

    Did you use 3/16" diameter SS screws to mount these? What length did you use?
     
  19. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    I'd need to check, the fuse is either 2 or 5 Amp - at the distribution block.
    If I remember correctly the lights came with some (small) SS screws, 1" long?

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  20. Mike Byrd

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    I bought the same lights but in black. Mine did not come with screws. I was just wondering.

    Where did you tap power from?

    How did you positioned these lights? Did you wire them first externally in the driveway to figure out the best placement on the boat or did you just try to match the 242 Limited S location?
     

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