I’ve written four(!) other posts about great cockpit lights (LED candles, a solar light, strings of lights under the bimini, and a portable light). Now comes a super-easy-to-do idea from TBG reader Donna Fisher Szabo, perfect for charters or taking to the beach.
While preparing to go cruising on their own boat, she and her husband have been doing a couple of charters each year. And they always take along a small LED flashlight on a lanyard (see my favorite).
To make a nice, non-glare light in the cockpit, they simply hang the flashlight in an empty translucent one-gallon water bottle by tying the lanyard to the handle. You can see in the photo at the top of this post what a nice soft light it gives off — perfect for eating or enjoying a drink without spoiling the ambiance.
An LED flashlight gives off virtually no heat, so there is no risk of it melting the plastic.
The small one-LED flashlights will run anywhere from 32 to 100+ hours on a single AA battery, and using a lithium battery will improve that anywhere from 4 times to 8 times (results depend on the model tested and who did the testing).