They are still at the beta stage but these little LED lights on the Orca Green Marine stand were interesting. I spent some time chatting with Meghan Matthews ,the owner of the company who showed me some interesting products that are in the development stage. All are centered around LED technology in one form or another, the company though small, has had a great impact on the boating market and I've used some of their products in the past and was especially pleased with the tricolor navigation light that sat atop Mallard's mast for 10 years.
Anyway, back to the lights shown above which are listed on the web site for less than $150 each. They are completely potted, and thus sealed for life from the elements, and come in a range of funky colors including black and white which will most likely prove the most popular choice. The power consumption is minuscule, less than 0.2 amps at 12 volts (the drivers in the lamp work on voltages from 9 to 30 volts) so no fears on running your battery down. The overall size of the lamp is less than and inch and a half square by about half an inch deep but don't let the wimpy look fool you, these fixtures have some serious light output and can be used as spreader lights. A couple of these will be sufficient to light up the deck on the majority of sailboats.
Talking of LED's I've been working on updating the interior lighting in Seaglass, the Grand Banks 32 thanks to Imtra. The interior renovations are coming on nicely and I'll be bringing a full report to these pages in due course.