My First Mod! Stern Berth Lighting

Published date: September 1, 2023
Modified date: October 21, 2023
  • Boat Type: MacGregor 26X, Boat Type

Hello there! We recently acquired ‘Courageous’ and have found the forum of tremendous benefit.

So here’s my very first modification: lighting for the stern berth/storage area on our 26X. I ran low voltage wire from the battery compartment to the transom, then used a stick-on lighting tape to run it forward along the port side of the low-end of the ceiling, across behind the companionway ladder, and back to the stern the starboard side.

Dobertry Rv Underglow LED Light Kit, $19.99 at Amazon.

VIPMOON L Shape 2 Pin LED Connectors,10 Pcs, $8.99 at Amazon.

For good measure I also installed a lighted switch and fuse for it at the bottom of the battery compartment—it was a convenient place to put it and easy to wire up.

Pro Tip: Don't have the battery compartment switch facing starboard; instead, have it facing aft from the rear of the battery compartment. There's nothing wrong with the way I did it, except that nearly every time I go below I accidentally turn it off with my knee or my foot!

Model Year: 2000


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