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Docking Lights Self Instillation


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My boat is a 2016 23 LSV and it is prewired for docking lights. I would like to do the instillation myself, but is it risky? I am not a great mechanic, but I can drill holes. Is it pretty simple to drill through the fiberglass or is there a trick or something I must be aware of before drilling? Also, anyone aware if this would affect my warranty on the gel coat? What LED lights would you recommend? I like them bright.

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Start by using the drill in reverse to get through the gel coat. This will prevent spider cracking at the holes. I would thing you can just use the light itself as a template. And I would recommend Malibu's lights. They are pretty damn bright and look very good.

I would also use the same sealant that people use when installing underwater lights, but maybe that is over kill. I would want some sort of sealant between the light and the gel though. There is the potential that water can get in there.

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painters tape the area to be drilled, run the drill in reverse until you get through the gel, drill the hole, get a drill bit a couple sizes bigger, run it in reverse until you get through the gel again to chamfer the hole and avoid spider cracking.

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