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Old 02-04-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Trailer Light Boards - Waterproof?

Hi all,

Just wondering what everyone else does, but I've recently gone through another trailer light board launching my boat. I'm aware that you're meant to remove them each time before the trailer goes in the water, but this doesn't seem exactly ideal once the lead is wrapped around and fastened to the trailer, especially on a busy day...

Despite my best efforts to waterproof a standard one by sealing all grooves / joints etc with silicone, it doesn't seem to have made any difference - has anyone ever seen waterproof ones for sale that I don't know about ! ?

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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Have A Look On Ebay, You Can Buy Rear Led Lights Which You Can Leave On Your Trailer For £25 Ish Last Forever
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #3
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Have you tried fixing a 7 pin socket at the rear of the trailer, leaving the cable attached to the trailer all the time? then you only need a short lead & plug on your lighting board.
This was the normal set-up with Superspeed trailers, didn't have any problems with the trailer of the boat pictured in my avatar, and that went in the water more than a few times
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You want a wireless trailer board. You can either search the internet for a plug in kit like that used by recovery companies, usually about 200 quid or try this:

http://www.thelightingboardcompany.co.uk/

They developed a product called evoboard a wireless rechargeable battery powered trailer lighting board.
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Boat trailers are exempt from lights over here Sam, unless towing at night. Easy!
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Boat trailers are exempt from lights over here Sam, unless towing at night. Easy!


Is that actually legit, or just our 'powerboater's' interpretation of the rules ! ? Haha
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Is that actually legit, or just our 'powerboater's' interpretation of the rules ! ? Haha
Totally legit! If you can find someone at Environment that actually knows what they're talking about that's what they'll tell you. We're also exempt from brakes, but are subject to a weight limit before Licences apply, I can't remember the details of that but my rig is under (thanks to a light boat on an aluminium trailer!) Lee Gorvel knows the crack as it was asked about on behalf of the club last year.
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Totally legit! If you can find someone at Environment that actually knows what they're talking about that's what they'll tell you. We're also exempt from brakes, but are subject to a weight limit before Licences apply, I can't remember the details of that but my rig is under (thanks to a light boat on an aluminium trailer!) Lee Gorvel knows the crack as it was asked about on behalf of the club last year.
Aha!

Turns out I was going a bit over the top by trying to be all above 'board' !

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