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Yamaha 242 docking lights

Clayton Danyew

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Greenville, SC
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Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#1
Has anyone had to replace their docking lights on their 242? One of mine isn't working, hoping it's a simple bulb replacement. Any insight or help would be appreciated.
 

captras

Jet Boat Junkie
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Location
Lake Livingston, Texas
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2016
Boat Model
242 Limited S E-Series
Boat Length
24
#2
Has anyone had to replace their docking lights on their 242? One of mine isn't working, hoping it's a simple bulb replacement. Any insight or help would be appreciated.
One of mine was replaced under warranty.....
 

Julian

Jetboaters Fleet Admiral
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Location
Raleigh, NC 27614
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2016
Boat Model
242X E-Series
Boat Length
24
Messages
34
Ratings
24
Points
38
Location
Greenville, SC
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#4
Has anyone had to replace their docking lights on their 242? One of mine isn't working, hoping it's a simple bulb replacement. Any insight or help would be appreciated.

For anyone who cares...I was able to fix it. Piece of cake. There's 4 screws that hold on the exterior cover, pull that off. Then just pull the bulb out. I got replacement bulbs at home Depot, three for $10. Plug it in, replace the cover, put the screws back and you're all set. When I pulled it out it seemed pretty corroded/rusted and I was worried it didn't work anymore but it was fine, just cosmetic. The replacement light housing is about $80. Thankfully it was just the bulb, quick fix.
 
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AZ Native

Jet Boat Lover
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190
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83
Location
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2013
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#5
Now I'm going to have to check mine. You have me worried that they are not well sealed. Add this to the preventative maintenance schedule.
 

Ronnie

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SF Bay Area
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Yamaha
Year
2010
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#6
You have me curious. I’ve never had a problem with my lights but only turn them on to test them every few months during the season. Did you see or consider any led replacements? One thing I observed about my lights is that when I turn them on there is a temporary but noticeable power surge in the stereo, it just cuts out for a second, maybe leds would stop that. Wait a minute, I just reread what I wrote and realize that I’m just trying to justify buying or trying an upgrade that I don’t need, that is low power usage bulbs so the stereo doesn’t cut out during the 2 or 3times I test them during the year because it’s cheap. Uh, my name is Ron and I’m addicted to spending way too much time and money on my boat.

On a serious note, please post a pic of the bulb and let us know the mfg and model number. There are a lot or 242 Ls out there, sooner or later they will all need bulbs, I see no reason to overpay Yamaha for selling me a bulb they don’t even produce. Speaking/typing of which aren’t some LEDs warranted for life? When you reassembled it did you seal it with silicone or just leave as is? I know it’s a cheap fix but it’s not something I would want to do on a recurring basis especially if a bead of silicone is all it would take to prevent it.
 
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Location
Greenville, SC
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#7
Now I'm going to have to check mine. You have me worried that they are not well sealed. Add this to the preventative maintenance schedule.
They're sealed pretty well actually. Big seal on the outer casing piece, then another seal if you continue to remove the light housing.
 
Messages
34
Ratings
24
Points
38
Location
Greenville, SC
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#8
You have me curious. I’ve never had a problem with my lights but only turn them on to test them every few months during the season. Did you see or consider any led replacements? One thing I observed about my lights is that when I turn them on there is a temporary but noticeable power surge in the stereo, it just cuts out for a second, maybe leds would stop that. Wait a minute, I just reread what I wrote and realize that I’m just trying to justify buying or trying an upgrade that I don’t need, that is low power usage bulbs so the stereo doesn’t cut out during the 2 or 3times I test them during the year because it’s cheap. Uh, my name is Ron and I’m addicted to spending way too much time and money on my boat.

On a serious note, please post a pic of the bulb and let us know the mfg and model number. There are a lot or 242 Ls out there, sooner or later they will all need bulbs, I see no reason to overpay Yamaha for selling me a bulb they don’t even produce. Speaking/typing of which aren’t some LEDs warranted for life? When you reassembled it did you seal it with silicone or just leave as is? I know it’s a cheap fix but it’s not something I would want to do on a recurring basis especially if a bead of silicone is all it would take to prevent it.
I did not consider LED replacements. I only use them a few times a year and already spend enough money on my boat. Hi Ron, I'm Clay and I too am addicted to spending way to much time and money on my boat. Step 1... Admitting you have a problem.

I have not noticed a surge in the stereo when I turn on the docking lights. I'll have to keep an eye out for that.

I'm attaching a pic of the bulbs I got. $10 for a 3 pack at home Depot. I'm sure there's a ton of different variations you can get, just have to make sure it has the pin connections. Definitely a do it yourself fix as I'm sure a shop would charge you at least $50 per light. There are already two pretty big seals in the lighting assembly so I didn't bother with silicone. Always an option though. Maybe I'll go add a bit just to be safe. Literally takes 3 minutes to disassemble, probably the easiest fix I've done so far, wish everything I did on my boat was this easy. Screenshot_20180420-071942_Chrome.jpg
 

Bill D

Jetboaters Captain
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Location
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Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#9

AZ Native

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Yamaha
Year
2013
Boat Model
Limited S
Boat Length
24
#10
One thing I observed about my lights is that when I turn them on there is a temporary but noticeable power surge in the stereo, it just cuts out for a second, maybe leds would stop that.
Finally, someone else who has the same problem when they turn on the docking lights. I brought this up a couple months ago and the consensus responses were I had an electrical problem (no kidding). The radio shuts down and resets everytime I hit the docking light switch (grandkids love to push buttons). Now seeing what bulbs are used (Haologen) I’m not surprised.

I’m going to order the LED’s listed above and report what happens.
 
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Location
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Year
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Boat Length
24
#11
Finally, someone else to has the same problem when they turn on the docking lights. I brought this up a couple months ago and the consensus responses were I had an electrical problem (no kidding). The radio shuts down and resets everytime I hit the docking light switch (grandkids love to push buttons). Now seeing what bulbs are used (Haologen) I’m not surprised.

I’m going to order the LED’s listed above and report what happens.
I have a pretty massive stereo, and haven't had this problem. I DO have two deep cycle batteries for the House though so maybe i have enough juice for everything. Definitely report back if this fixes the problem, i am sure there are plenty of people who would benefit from knowing this info. If it helps you, i may just switch over to LED regardless.
 

AZ Native

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Yamaha
Year
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Limited S
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24
#12
Problem solved!!:winkingthumbsup" I finally had time today to install and test the new Superbrite LED lights from www.superbriteleds.com in my docking lights. The replacement of the factory halogen bulbs took 5 minutes and the new LED’s not only work fine, they don’t draw start up current like the halogen’s and my radio no longer shuts down and restarts when I turn on the docking light switch. I did look at local sources, but no one had a 60 equivalent LED in the MR16 style so I ordered them online. Easy Peesy. I haven’t tried them at night yet but 685 lumens x2 should be plenty for night docking.
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Chris Jordan

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Maitland, Florida
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Yamaha
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2018
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
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#13
Hello Folks. I just picked up my 2018 AR240, SUPER SWEET. I had a 2010 SX240 and loved it, but the new models are amazing.
I want to put docking lights on, like the Limited's have. But I don't want to pay Yamaha prices, $226.12 for the pair.
Anyone know if there's an aftermarket light that matched the design of the type that comes with the Limited?
 

Neutron

Jetboaters Lieutenant
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#16
Thats the old style, need to cut a big hole for them. The 15 and up use the Attwood
 
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