Mailport January 2013 Issue

Mailport: January 2013

LED Lighting Tip

I recently bought a folding bike for a family cruise aboard my Tanton 43. I outfitted the bike with a pair of waterproof LED lights with built-in handlebar straps, but once I got underway, the red light quickly found its way to a lifeline stanchion behind the helm. And since then, Iíve strategically added more of them to various stanchions around the deck. Iíve even bought a high-intensity model designed for mountain bikes that I point toward the mainsail for trimming at night.

I love these things, and now I have a dozen. They are bright, cheap, waterproof, and nearly indestructible. My current favorite for reading charts at the helm is the Seattle Sports Blazer Red Rear Bike Light (, which sells for $8 at REI ( Iíd like to see a review of other bike lights in a future issue of your magazine.

John Konrad, Tanton 43

Via email

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