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Subject: Re: Original stern navigation light for a Seamaster 23.

Mike Thompson
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Date Posted: 20:55:11 22/04/2013 Mon
In reply to: Kevin 's message, "Re: Original stern navigation light for a Seamaster 23." on 21:40:47 19/04/2013 Fri

>>I hesitated over whether I should offer to help you as
>>you didn't have the courtesy to acknowledge my reply
>>to your earlier query, however.....
>>You won't find an identical replacement unless it's a
>>secondhand one at a boat jumble. I had to change the
>>one on our 23 because some twerp had replaced the
>>original with a face-mounted type, so it pointed
>>vertically upwards - some people beggar belief! I
>>fitted a small, neat, Perko chrome-bodied one from
>>ASAP, see [ >>href="http://www.asap-supplies.com/marine/standard-chr

>>I hope this is helpful but I'm not holding my breath
>>that you'll reply.
>Thanks for this and your original response to my
>wooden trim problem. Apologies for not acknowledging
>your first reply but I am new to this and hadnt
>realised there was an etiquette to follow. I sort of
>assumed you posted issues and people with relevant
>knowledge gave advise if they could. I followed your
>advise on the trim and got new ones made from sapele
>from a local joiners and have also ordered the light
>you suggested. I would probably have only responded if
>I had a question until saw you comment on the last
>response, no offence intended and thanks again.

Hi Kevin,
Ok. Glad you got it sorted. It's always nice to know if the advice has been useful. :)

One thing I forgot to mention is that you'll find you need to fill the old fixing holes in the deck and drill new ones for the Perko. I used Plastic Padding Gelcoat Filler and after dressing down and buffing with Farécla cutting paste they couldn't be seen. An alternative I've seen done is to make a wooden mounting pad a similar shape to the old lamp. The Perko comes with flying leads so you'll need to splice them to the existing cables and push them down the hole. I used crimp splices for this as they are slim enough to pass through.

With regard to the toe rails I'm finding my varnish only lasts for two or three seasons even though I've used International's 2-pack clear primer and up to 6 coats of varnish. I'm toying with the idea of replacing them with PVC (that'll make the purists howl!), either brown or possibly white. I'm definitely going off the idea of external wood on a boat!


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