basically grew up on or near water my whole life, was a navy brat, did navy time and was also a merchant marine for a decade. i love water...any kind.
recently picked up an '88...been lusting after an h16 since the early '70s. never quite had the right amount of freedom to make it worthwhile 'til now. i was <10 yrs when they came out and had a higher interest in boston whalers then. alas, never had one of those either.
been reading/searching this site and the webs for everything and anything related to set-up, repair, accessories, etc. since the opportunity to acquire my 16 presented itself.
on to the questions...
i'd like to get a masthead light w/o over doing the expense. problem seems to be, how to conveniently turn it on. i realize strapping flashlights to the stays would be convenient but i'd rather have as little lighting interfering with my night vision as possible, hence, the masthead. anyone have a sensible solution?
what about accessories...what have you found to be useful while on the water? aside from safety gear and pfds, my thoughts are leaning towards some sort of small gear bag, a cooler, and an oar. gotta have a place to put things and a way to negotiate calms. yeah, i said oar. i figure a detachable oarlock on the rear crossbar and i could sweep the oar to better effect rather than trying to paddle the thing like a canoe.
...and, finally, does anyone christen their 16?
hoping to hear good answers.