Q: WHAT’S THE BRIGHT IDEA?
Dear Doc, when I walk around the marina, I notice that a lot of spotlights in the boats are facing aft instead of ahead. Is there a reason for this? Do the lights have a default position? It seems to me that if the light was turned on before being rotated forward, they would blind the skipper and take away his night vision.
Bill Simms Charlotte, South Carolina
A: Many captains will run with the light rotated to face aft when not in use to prevent the lens from getting coated with salt (although it often does anyway), diminishing the output from the spotlight when it is turned on.