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When it comes to boat lights, the choices are mindboggling. We took extra care to separate boat lights into clearcut categories to make your shopping easier. The category of Navigation Lights covers more than 70 different kinds, from incandescent to LED to pole lights. Underwater Lights are not only a safety feature but also exciting! We also carry spot lights, flashlight and of course courtesty lights.


Cabin Lights

Cabin Lights

44 items
Courtesy Lights

Courtesy Lights

46 items
Flashlights

Flashlights

3 items
Flood Lights

Flood Lights

15 items
Navigation Lights

Navigation Lights

240 items
Spot Lights

Spot Lights

13 items


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Light Me Up

By Starlight Alone

Let’s be honest, there may be nothing cooler than being on a boat at night and looking up to see nothing but starlight. In centuries past, the stars were all that sea travelers had to guide them in their travels. Astronomy is the oldest of all the sciences, and star navigation may be the very oldest use of astronomy. Humans have asked the stars for direction since there have been humans. For example, New Zealand’s Maori tripe migrated there in the late 1200’s from Polynesia. It is believed that they traveled at night using the sky as a road map. In fact, studies have shown that even animals use the stars for navigation. The Indigo Bunting bird migrates only at night and finds its way by the position of the stars.

There are actual technical names for this type of navigation called “celestial navigation” or “astronavigation.” Whatever you call it for thousands of years sailors used angular measurements taken from one celestial body to the horizon line. During the day, the sun was the celestial body of choice, but at night the moon and stars were used. A table is used then to use that measurement to determine location. Of course historically, the handwritten tables were copied and passed around. Today, new ones are published every year in the Nautical Almanac. Another method of navigation is called “lunar distances” and was perfected in the 18th century, but is used now only by historians or those having fun. However, it works correctly to this day. The sailor needs to measure the angle between the moon and the sun or one of several stars near the ecliptic. Again, he would consult an almanac to determine his location.

With just the naked eye over 6,000 stars can be seen (in the right conditions). Out of those 6,000, 58 stars are used for celestial navigation. The North Star is technically called Polaris and is the easiest to use for navigation purposes. Besides the navigation tables found in almanacs, star charts can also help identify celestial bodies and the names of stars.

Maybe you are a beginner and just looking for the very basics in celestial navigation. Start by learning how to find the North Star. It is positioned over the North Pole. If you can find it, you know what direction to head if you want to go north. If you know which way north is, you just need to fill in the compass rose in your head to figure out East, West, and South. So how do you find the North Star? Well, it is part of what American’s call The Big Dipper (some other countries refer to it as The Saucepan). It is easy to find due to its ladle like shape. Next find the two “pointer stars” these are the ones that are the imaginary liquid dripping off of the ladle. Figure the general distance between those two stars. The North Star will be five times that distance away in the directions that the pointers point (opposite way of the pan).

Boat Lights

While gazing at the stars or even using them to find your way might be fun, it isn’t always going to be practical. That’s when we need just a little more light in our lives. When that time comes Marine Supply Dock has you covered with a wide variety of boat lights to ensure that you can always see what you are getting in to.

Underwater Lights

Whether you are fishing at night or just want to see is swimming around under there, < a href="http://www.marinesupplydock.com/Underwater-Lights.htm">underwater lights can open up new worlds to you. The look fun, but also lead the fish to you! For added fun and excitement, Marine Supply Dock carries different colors and styles of underwater lights and even LED underwater lights. The Lumitec Sea Blaze 3 LED Underwater Light is one of Marine Supply Docks best- selling boat lights. It is blue and can easily be surface mounted. If you are looking for a thru-hull installation and a lot of fun, check out the Lumishore Thru Hull 120 Watt Color Change Underwater Light. This can be retro-fitted to existing installations. It has six pre-set colors (Blue, Cyan, White, Green, Magenta, and Red) put you can also use the color palette to create your own color combinations. With 72 underwater lights to choose from, you are sure to find something that you love.

Cabin Lights

No matter how beautiful the starry night, your cabin is going to need a little brightness. Cabin lights not only add to the ambiance of life under the deck, but it improves safety as well. Marine Supply Dock offers an array of both LED Cabin Lights and Incandescent Cabin Lights. A favorite in the LED cabin light category is the Innovative Lighting LED Cabin Light. It is a 4-LED Bunk Light and operates on a 12 Volt DC. It has four rotating heads for light just where you want it. From the Incandescent line, the Perko Incandescent Cabin Light is very popular. The dome light is made out of an Ivory PERKO Kote Zink Alloy and can be surface mounted. It comes with 12v red and white bulbs and a three-position toggle switch. If those don’t meet your needs, surely one of the many strip or dome lights offered, will.

Navigation Lights

Trying to navigate by the stars might be fun, but it is the law that to be on the water between sunset and sunrise, your boat must have working navigation lights. Marine Supply Dock carries a full line of Navigation Lights in LED and Incandescent format for all boats. The Innovative Lighting Deck Mount Bow Light is a LED Combination Sidelight with a deck mount and is very popular on power boats under 65.6 feet long. For sail boats under 39.4 feet long, the Perko 12V Vertical Mount Side Lights in Chrome Plated Brass is extremely well liked. But no worries, if these two aren’t what you are looking for, 115 others are waiting for you to take a glance. Whether you are talking above deck, in the cabin, or underwater it can be very dark out at sea at night. Boat lights are important for navigation and safety, but can also be a lot of fun. Check out Marine Supply Dock for all of your boat light needs.