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The Forespar ML-2 combination deck and bow light system mounts on the forward part of a sailboat mast. Assembly includes a deck light to illuminate the foredeck for crew forward and a steaming light to signify a sailboat under engine power.
The ML-2 light features a durable molded polymer housing assembly with an adaptable wraparound mounting apron to accommodate virtually any mast surface curvature. For 12V systems.
The ML-2 light has been completely retooled to provide better access for bulb replacement. At the same time, the deck light/bulb assembly has been greatly improved with a new prismatic reflector for enhanced deck illumination.
September 18, 2011
I had the combo light installed on the mast for a 31' trimaran. The unit lasted 2 weeks before a flapping halyard took off the top lens. I've read other reviews where the same problem is mentioned. New lens can be had for $16 and $16 shipping. The light works well, and does have separate switching, but what good is it on a sailboat if it can't stand up? Forespar makes a "chafe guard" for $50 you can put over it to protect it from line damage. Wish I had known that first. I'll try wrapping the lens onto the housing with multiple layers of tape to see if that can get me through a season.
August 11, 2011
I replaced the bottom bulb with a 3 watt led. It lights up a good part of the foredeck, and the draw is so little I can leave it on when I go ashore.
June 25, 2009
The design promises a lot. I still don't understand how it can have separate switching.... After a few years on the sea the entire unit has siezed up. I had to soak the whole thing in WD-40 to get it open. In the upper unit, the O-Ring had broken and the inside became encrusted in salt. The reflecting foil is now scored and dull. Not sure if it can be salvaged.
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