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Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby Viper » March 16th, 2016, 10:12 pm

I've installed a couple of these for people who bought them. They have the spread but they're not bright enough IMO. I guess it's all relative and what one considers to be bright enough for their needs.
http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?/topic/18009-uw-plug-light-fits-into-the-drain-plug-of-you-hull/

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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby Lyndon670 » March 16th, 2016, 11:20 pm

I bought the cheap ones from Overtons and mounted them on the trim tabs of my Silverton. for $30 each they worked incredible, way better than any of the drain plug ones.
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby autopro » March 17th, 2016, 9:41 am

Lyndon670 wrote:Source of the post I bought the cheap ones from Overtons and mounted them on the trim tabs of my Silverton. for $30 each they worked incredible, way better than any of the drain plug ones.


I'd like to see those if you have a link or any pictures of them please. Did you install them yourself? TIA
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby Lyndon670 » March 17th, 2016, 9:35 pm

Here are some pictures from the year I sold her, 2013. Keep in mind that both are in fairly murkey water. I mounted them directly on the trim tabs, 2 lights on each tab. I installed them myself, acutually mounted the lights on land but didn't get them wired up until after launch. These are the identical lights I installed on my buddies 355 last winter. Conincidently, we just talked today and are installing 4 more on his boat. With lights, its all "go big or go home"....nobody has ever been overheard as saying "those underwater lights are TOO bright" lol...
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby autopro » March 18th, 2016, 12:51 pm

They look awesome, thanks so much for the pictures. I'm going to look into these soon.
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby mjk1040 » March 18th, 2016, 5:05 pm

Yes they are only listed at 120 degree spread, so I'm awaiting a tri-light holder and put 3 of these bad boys in. The ones I got don't look like the ones the girls have on their necks, sex sells, these lights are right in the plug head and have a fisheye lens I think. Any how going to give them a try. Happy boating all, hopefully we'll be in by the middle of next month.
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby mjk1040 » April 7th, 2016, 6:01 pm

Well I found the way! The Aft Bilge is located under the aft berth night stand. The bilge is mounted on an L bracket along with the float. Under this bracket is a bulk head hole to the back of the boat. From the drain hole with the scope you go thru 2 bulk head holes and there was the wire I fed under the Bilge Pump Bracket. BINGO! Pulled the wire thru the drain hole, hooked up the drain plug lights. Now all I got to do is locate an easy 12volt source, put in my $2.00 wireless remote controller and we will have drain plug underwater lights! Thanks all for your input, it was all greatly appreciated! Mike
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby Lyndon670 » April 7th, 2016, 8:34 pm

Mike,

My buddy's 355 had a 12v fixture light at the top of the bed - I tapped into that and installed a wireless remote control with dimmer.
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby mjk1040 » April 8th, 2016, 5:31 am

Thanks Lyndon, I'll check that out for sure. Mike
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Re: Install undrwater Drain Plug Light, 1998 355MY

Postby mjk1040 » April 9th, 2016, 3:29 pm

Well after all the hoopla, it was a straight shot from the drain plug, up under the aft bilge l-shaped mounting bracket, past the aft vac-u-flush tank, and to the aft shower sump. All hooked in and man are they bright. Working with a scope is a bit of a challenge, things a little distorted on a 2" screen and trying to determine what's up and what's down! Never the less it's DONE!
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