Boating Industry Canada April 2016 - (Page 4)
I Need To Lighten
BY ANDY ADAMS
IN OUR COMPANION PUBLICATION Canadian Yachting, in
the April issue, we featured a story on Underwater Lighting.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that we
often deal with important and sometimes "heavy" subjects like
generating winter work or the shortage of young people joining the industry, but when I look at that article in Canadian
Yachting on Underwater Lighting, it reminds me that I really
need to lighten up!
Apart from the obvious cheap pun, what I really like about
Underwater Lighting is that it's something that enhances boating, adds pleasure and generally makes people feel good.
From an industry perspective, Underwater Lighting systems
are valuable accessories that usually involve worthwhile shop
and labour charges, making for a very profitable accessory for
the industry to sell.
At a minimum, there are simple little LED lights that can be
installed in place of the transom drain plug in many small
boats and that alone, will give a bit of light at night.
There is a system for any size of boat, from a little fishing
boat to a superyacht and everything in between. Selling an
owner a system that has three transom mounted LEDs and that
costs perhaps $3,000 is not a big investment for the owner, but
it's a worthwhile sale for the yard or marina.
Typically, you can get LED lights in white, blue, green or red
to suit the owner's tastes or needs.
Moving up the scale, there are systems that can change
colour, giving some flexibility in use and a creative opportunity
for the owner. But it goes up further.
There are systems that can "strobe" and even change to an
input like the music feed from the onboard stereo. The boat
can look like the dance floor in a nightclub!
I realize that not everyone wants the boat in the next slip to
be blasting music and driving the strobe lights to the beat, but
some owners will love that. Underwater Lighting can be an
important addition to the enjoyment of their boat and by lighting up the dark night waters, may increase boat use as well.
Not to get "heavy" in the discussion again but there is a
worthwhile safety aspect to Underwater Lighting too. There
can be real value in that additional lighting when running after
dark; it's a safety benefit that other boats can see your boat
much more clearly.
As a lifelong cottager, I have often been out in the dark in a
busy cottage area where lights from shore sparkle across the
water and make it difficult to differentiate those from the sternlight of a boat that is idling along, enjoying the evening.
In particular, I was returning with friends from a dinner
party last summer when we encountered a number of boats
passing through a small, but not speed restricted area between
two islands. The boats were all moving at different speeds. We
stayed close to shore because we were going slowly, but my big
concern was having another boat come up fast behind us and
run up our stern.
If we had been running with underwater lighting on, it
would have been much easier to see our boat from a safe distance.
We see Underwater Lighting as a valuable addition to your
accessory line and we know there is rising interest among owners who are pleased to invest a bit more into the pleasure of
going boating. Maybe we should all lighten up a bit!
Andy Adams - Editor
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boating Industry Canada April 2016
MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION - BOSTON BOATWORKS: Behind the scenes at Boston BoatWorks where Kevlar-protected, preimpregnated epoxy and cored construction makes the exceptional MJM Yachts super-strong and light for remarkable performance and range. – By Kate Fincham
IMPACT - GENCO MARINE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: The family history and tradition of innovation that has shaped family-owned Genco Marine over the past 50 years – their 2016 anniversary celebrations. – By Boating Industry Canada Staff
MADE IN CANADA – ROSBOROUGH BOATS: A well-established tradition of trailerable boats continues with the Rough Water 9.11 RHIB, the latest models from Rosborough Boats – By Glen Cairns
MADE IN CANADA – NOR’EASTER BOATS: Down-east influence shapes the Nor’Easter Boats, while the builder offers owner specified features. – By Glen Cairns
ABYC - WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? ABYC challenges our readers to spot the problems in this photo. In future, readers can submit their own photos of marine systems and installations, good or bad. – By David Broadbent
Boating Industry Canada April 2016