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Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Yachtguymke, Jan 10, 2015.

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  1. Yachtguymke

    Yachtguymke Senior Member

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    Thinking about having some underwater lights installed in the transom while we are laid up for the next couple of weeks. I have been looking at the Ocean LED series of lights and it seems like there are a "few" to choose from. Although I think the thru-hull ones are the best option, does anyone having any experience with the Amphibian series? It looks as if a hole just need to go through for a wire instead of a bigger hole for the housing as well. I need to order these soon so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. They would be going in the transom of an Ocean 48 SS.
  2. SFS

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    There have been a couple of threads on this topic in the past year or so. Don't have time to look right now, but a search may be productive. I seem to recall both of the brands you mention being discussed.
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    Yachtguymke Senior Member

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    I searched but came up short.
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    Ocean have a good reputation. I have installed 5 lumitec seablazeX on the boat I run which are very nice.

    I prefer flush mount and even better with the wire going thru the hull above water line, just running up from the fixture.

    The fewer the holes, the better
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    I installed some Abyss surface mount 3 of them. They illuminated amazing and I don't know if I'd go thru-hull on the transom ones again except possibly on a SF. Someone on here had an issue with them, so far these are going on 2 years and have not had an issue.

    Ocean has been there since the beginning and make good lights.
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    That was me... Multiple issues after 1 to 2 years initially they said they had a bad batch but the tell event failed just as quick. That s when I switched to lumitec
  8. Yachtguymke

    Yachtguymke Senior Member

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    The Pro 16 Amphibian's from Ocean look to be the best option from everything I have looked at not going through the hull. The wire through would probably be the best option? Now it boils down to how many I need. Two? Three? Four? Price starts to accelerate rapidly..
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    What size boat and how wide is your transom? We went with 3 on a 58' Azimut and in Exumas,Bahamas water it illuminated exceptionally well, 75'+ out the back, 40' wide and all of the way to the bottom in 10' of water
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    Ocean 48 Super Sport. I am going with three.
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    I didn't reinstall Ocean LED out the back during my latest haulout last May because of the five lights, two of them failed. They were less than three years in the water. I had planned to go with them again despite two of the A12's failing- but they no longer made A12- so I had to go with A8 or A16. The A8 mounting template holes were just a fraction different than the A12, so I could not mount them properly, and I did not want to go with the A16. (I was miffed- why didn't they think of people changing to newer lights and placing the holes exactly the same or quite different? Bad engineering IMHO) I did go with smaller Ocean LED's (A4- replacing A6) pointed down, and am hoping they will not fail. Two other boats at my marina also had Ocean LED's fail. I went with the Lumitec sea-blaze out the back. They draw more power, but it's still very low.

    Three Pro A16 on the back of a 48 footer is overkill. Two is enough. I put my two smaller one's pointed down behind intake scoops so they are protected. You can see the mounting install in my thread here; http://www.yachtforums.com/index.php?threads/the-sea-deuce-65-donzi-hull-4.10464/page-4
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    Bamboo


    What model seablaze did you go with? How many?
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^ SeaBlaze X , three with the bronze bezel. They are a bit more blue than the Ocean LED's- so it's kinda neat that I have blue out the back and the ones pointed down look a bit more purple-ish blue.
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    Just installed 4 Ocean LED A16 Amphibian Pro "Colours". Brightness is excellent, installation was simple (one tiny 1/2 inch hole on each fixture), and the ability to change colors is very cool.

    I'm not a huge fan of UW lights while running, but...
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