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Solar Courtesy Lights

Having pondered fitting some solar courtesy lights for some time and receiving advice from Shaun, another Piper owner,  I decided that with winter approaching it was time to act.

Unfortunately the lights that Shaun recommended were not in stock so I finally plumped for a couple of Juslit 74 LED lights, 600 lumens, from Amazon.  They are motion activated, can be switched to either off, 50% illumination or 100% illumination.  After a few days use, we now know that the 50% illumination level is perfectly adequate.  The unit is waterproof, heat-resistant and frost-resistant.  It is compact ( 6″ x 4″)  and is activated from about 20 ft away within a 120° arc.  The light has a 270° arc.

As I wanted to attach them on the steel part of our wheelhouse, I purchased some 10mm dia x 2mm Neodymium magnets with 1kg pull each.   I fixed them to the lights with 3M self adhesive pads, cut to suit the magnets.  The advantage of them being fixed with magnets is that I can easily move them from one place to another if and when the need arises.

There are lots of options when it comes to light so I just thought it worthwhile to post this for information.

The photographs below are:

1). The light itself.

2). The rear of the light showing the magnets attached

3). The light at 50% illumination

4).  The light at 100% illumination.

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Leaving Pangbourne Meadows

We left Pangbourne Meadows this morning in bright sunshine and with blue skies.

I decided to try the “track me” mode with my drone.  However, due to the amount of steel in the build of Steel Away, the magnetic forces appeared to be too great for the drone’s GPS system so I had to fly it manually and, the heart stopping moment was when the drone refused to land back on board and I had to catch it in my hand.  More practice needed!   Thankfully Angie was at the helm.

However, I managed to produce this short video which I hope you enjoy!