Kayak Visibility Light

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Kayak Visibility Light

Postby chris268 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:33 pm

Hi all,

I'm looking at getting a light for my kayak as i usually launch early in the morning before the sun is fully up. Can anyone comment on the light brightness and overall build quality on the following lights?

YakAttack VISIcarbon Pro
https://www.yakattack.us/CPM_MMH_p/cpm-mmh.htm

Railblaza Visibility Kit II
https://www.railblaza.com/products/visi ... e-be-seen/

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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby Mandalorian_033 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:12 pm

I've got the Railblaza one for exactly the same reason. Works well and in my opinion is bright enough to serve the purpose of alerting others to your presence.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby chris268 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:26 pm

Thanks mate.

I was thinking of the Railblaza since it has different light modes and is cheaper too.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby laneends » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:53 am

cant beat the LED strip wrapped around a PVC tube to make a light saber.

Sometimes if its just to stay legal when launching between first light and sun up I velcro my PFD torch that came with my ACR PLB around a rod tip in the rear holder
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby FishnDive » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:08 pm

Haven't used the Visi Pro, but I have a Railblaza and it is a big improvement on the mk 1 model, it does the job nicely but you won't do any rigging up under it without a headlamp. If you want brighter again go the BerleyPro Orb or as Keith said the old DIY led strip is hard to beat.
Interestingly talking to a boatie about kayak lights he said the LEDs were better because they throw out a blue-white light, apparently yellow-white ones blend in with street/house lights when boats are coming from the bay towards shore making you hard to see.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby chris268 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:28 pm

Got the kit today and the quality seems pretty good. The light is super bright too which is reassuring for those early/late starts. I'll get around to mounting the port this weekend
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby dinodadog » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:55 am

I take the easy way out. As I mainly fish fresh, I just use one of those lights that slide onto your jockey cap and put it on flashing mode, couple of dollars at the cheap shop.

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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby chris268 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:19 pm

Where are you guys mounting your nav lights?

I have a Hobie Outback and was thinking of mounting it on the rear hatch but i won't be able to reach the light to turn it on/off or switch to emergency mode.

Im thinking of installing it just behind the rear left rod holder so it's accessible but still out of the way. Plus it'll be accessible if i use it as a gopro mount and need to swap batteries.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby FishnDive » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:32 am

I had a well in the back of mine and put it in the railblaza sideport I had on the well.

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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby chris268 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:40 pm

Cheers mate. I didn't know those mounts existed so i bought one this morning and installed it inside my kayak (opposite the rear rod holder). Perfect spot for me.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby willgom » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:53 pm

I have a YakAttack Visipole for 2 years now, with no issues whatsoever.
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Re: Kayak Visibility Light

Postby tonystott » Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:16 am

chris268 wrote:Where are you guys mounting your nav lights?

I have a Hobie Outback and was thinking of mounting it on the rear hatch but i won't be able to reach the light to turn it on/off or switch to emergency mode.

Im thinking of installing it just behind the rear left rod holder so it's accessible but still out of the way. Plus it'll be accessible if i use it as a gopro mount and need to swap batteries.

I do NOT recommend adding nav lights (eg red/green) on a kayak. Other vessels (that is if they even see your lights a few cms above flat water, and all but invisible in any waves) might assume that you are capable of obeying the marine right of way rules, and can get out of the way if necessary.

Far better, in my opinion, to carry a solid WHITE light as discussed above, carried as high as you can. If seen by another vessel, you might be mistaken for a vessel at anchor, which is a far far safer mistake for them to make.

Besides, carrying a solid white light will exactly comply with the law....
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