I've always said the boat is the cheap part - can't help but buy nice/good quality equipment & accessories; just makes boating that much more fun. I love to sail up/down the Inter-coastal at night in the breeze. Have been using a headband lamp, which I like, but is a little insufficient, depending on the speed of the boats on any particular night. Just purchased and mounted the ParkerMount® NavBeam Paddlesports Headlight from:
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It's expensive - $99 and then I purchased a Ram u-bracket mount to mount on the A-frame upright. Now for the good part: the Tektite Mark III white light (200 hrs on 3 AA) is like a freaking-laser-beam. It is bright out front and easy to see from the side. It has a rubber "washer" around the base of the light cone and coupled with the light's natural design, it throws very little light back into my eyes or the cockpit. Yea!!! I'm highly visible, yet still get to enjoy the solitude of an evening sail - pay the man! Cheers, Kevin.