Before this thread blows up into a legal debate about what lights are legal to use and where , I’ll just start by saying I don’t care about any of those issues and my question here is strictly based on needing to see a good distance in front of me, sort of like headlights for my Kayak. Most of the threads when I searched for night time lighting are regarding the green/red/white lights, those are not what are in question here, and I know boating at night is dangerous. This set up for me will be purely for emergency use for example “missing boater, stranded boat, mismanaged time and emergency lights needed to return to a safe location”.
I’ve googled kayak lighting several times and usually results are for low powered fishing lights/navigational lights/very weak spot lights. What I am looking for would be a flood, or spot/flood combo that I could be transferred from Kayak to Kayak (So drilling and mounting would be out) and could easily allow to see 50-100 feet in front of me. I’ve found several hand held fishing lights, but that would interfere with paddling and could be dropped over board. Ideally, something that could be mounted in a fishing rod holder would be very helpful, but I doubt that exist.
I’ve never dealt with marine lighting on a human power craft, so I’m not sure of all the different ways to power these portable lights, I’m assuming battery is the only way, especially with high powered lights. I would prefer something that is rechargeable or would have a very long run time off batteries.
Do any of you have any suggestions or setups that you would be willing to share? Even if your setup is mounted or not what I was describing above, I would still be interested in seeing what options are out there. I’m grateful for any help and info.