Waterproof Flashlights for the Boat or Raft

One of the troublesome aspects of water recreation is, well, water. Sure, water is fun, refreshing, and conducive to a number of different activities, but it’s also destructive. If you spend a lot of time on the water, you know the importance and necessity of keeping valuables water-free. And it’s a good bet that all your essentials are always protected because you know that water corrodes, damages, and destroys.

Whether you’re spending time on the water in a boat, raft, inner-tube — whatever — it’s always a good idea to have a boat light on board. Even if you’re not planning on being on the water after sunset, you can never predict what circumstances may cause your plans to change. The added safety and security of a light for your boat will be very comforting. In most areas, having a working light on board after sundown is mandatory. This often applies not just to bigger boats but smaller ones like canoes and kayaks, too. A packable and portable waterproof flashlight is perfect for a small vessel like these; however, regardless of what you’re sailing, don’t get caught without one.

Waterproof and LED
And, of course, if you’re going to be on the water, you’re going to need equipment that can withstand the destructive properties of water. A waterproof flashlight is exactly the kind of instrument to rely on. In addition to the reliability of waterproof flashlights, you’re going to want to get an LED (light-emitting diode) flashlight. LED torches are more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulb lights, boasting longer battery and bulb life. LED flashlights are brighter too. In an emergency, an LED torch is much more likely to work than a conventional flashlight. Also, if you use mounted boat lights, you should consider replacing any traditional incandescent bulbs with LEDs. While you may pay more up front, the brighter bulbs and long-lasting life will far outweigh the initial cost compared to the ongoing replacement costs of incandescent bulbs.

A number of LED light manufacturers have created some innovative designs and accessories coupled with the power of an LED torch. For instance, there are a number of powerful lights small enough to fit on a key-chain or clip, making it easy to attach on a fishing vest, tackle box, or just about anywhere. Some lights come coupled with compasses, thermometers, and other useful accessories. Still, other models have flex necks or spot-to-wide beam functions which allow optimal beam positioning.

Waterproof flashlights can serve many different purposes, especially if you purchase a light that utilizes colors, brightness, and flash sequence settings. For example, different colored lights can be used for a variety of purposes: a red light for signaling an emergency, a blue light for preserving night vision, a green light for attracting fish, and a white light for general use. Also, flashing lights can be used as a signal beacon or used to communicate other messages. Additionally, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t sacrifice price and buy a water-resistant light when you need one that’s waterproof. The next time your waterproof flashlight gets soaked and still turns on, you’ll be glad you didn’t go with “the cheaper light.”

Benefits and More Benefits
There are a number of benefits to having a waterproof flashlight on board your vessel. Safety and security, of course, have already mentioned. Additionally, here are some other benefits you may not have considered:

  • Emergency use — you never know when an emergency situation might surface, so it’s best to be prepared with the most reliable equipment.
  • Size — a waterproof flashlight isn’t as bulky or space-consuming as a lantern or spotlight.
  • Battery-operated — you won’t need an external power source or cord with an LED flashlight.
  • Directional — as opposed to some stationary mounted boat lights, you’ll have to ability to aim the flashlight’s beam wherever you need.
  • Accessibility– LED torches are quick and easy to grab.
  • Convenience — use an LED flashlight whenever you need; quickly and easily turn it on and off.
  • Portability — take the flashlight wherever you go; you’re not just limited to its use on the boat.
  • Durable — the light is waterproof, so exposure to the elements isn’t going to affect your LED torch in the least!

Whether you’re boating, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or simply floating down a river on a log, you should always carry an emergency light with you, among others essential items. And it just makes sense to take a light that’s reliable and won’t be harmed by water because, let’s face it, it’s going to get wet.

~Richard McNeal, 2009

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