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I had a thread going when the other site went down so i was going to ask again. I got my new boat back in november and now that duck season is over its time to set it up for bowfishing. My boat is a F&F 15'8" X 48" with 22" sides. I have a 7000 genny so the watts are not a problem so i thought about going with 6 of these. http://www.e-conolight.com/floods/small/small-hid/e-hc1h151z.html

here's my boat so let me know what you think. also i thought about putting 2 more back on the genny rack.
 

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one more thing the motor is only a 25, thats all we can have at one of the places we duck hunt
 

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If your gonna run that genny, i would stay with halos. Now if later your gonna get a smaller genny like a honda inverter you might want to go with hps's.
 

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why with this genny do you recomend halos, at 8lbs each 6 would be 50lbs. me and the guy I fish with probally weight 380 total. so far nobody has ever gone with us.
 

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Well I know there is several diffent oppinions on halo's vs hps's but i've had both. And currently running 150 hps's, but if something goes wrong with them I'm going back with my 300 halos. Halo's pull a little more amps and in most cases require a larger genny, but when you have a 7000 watt genny that isnt gonna get betterfuel consumption by running hps's, just keep it simple. Not that hps's are trouble but halo's are working or not, there isnt much trouble shooting involved when things go wrong. This is imo. Plus the cost of halos vs hps's are no comparison.

By the way, nice boat.
 

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I tried 150hps lights for one season on my old boat,when i built the new boat i went back to halogens and 350 bulbs.
 

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When I built a deck and light rail for my buddy's boat I put 7 500 watt halo on there and they worked good in clear lakes but Sometimes on the river we could only see down 6 inches with them. Would hps not heLp there? Thanks for all the replies just want to do it right the first time
 

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We have bad muddy water here were i'm from and there isn't enought difference to justify for the cost of hps's. imo
But if you want hps's i'd go with the 400's not the 150's.
 

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Regardless of the ones I pick whether it he 150's 400's hps or500 halo's do yall think it would be goo to add 2 more to the genny rack?
 
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First, I would sell that 7000 watt generator and get yourself a smaller generator. If you hang that monster 7000 up in the air on a 48'' wide boat, it will become very unstable.

Find a smaller generator (up to 3500 watts) and run HPS. If your fishing in muddy water, hps is the ONLY way to go. I have fished over everything from a 4-d mag light mounted to my stabilizer, to some of the brightest lights you can put on a boat, I have 400 MH on my airboat, and I hate them. I cant wait untill they burn out so I can convert them to HPS...

some folks cant tell a difference, I however, will never fish over a halogen light as long as I can help it...


HPS/MH really are not that bad to work with, I am by far no electrician, but after being around these lights for a little while I can rebuild them and repair them in no time.

for your sized boat, I would highly recomend :

1. downsizeing your generator

2. building a remote box for 6-8 150 watt hps lights.

You will reduce the amount of weight you have up in the air, and by building a remote box, you can take the added weight of the hps and move it to a more suitable spot than up on the front deck. Small boats are great if they are built right, but stability and light weight components are the key. I bet you can sell that generator, buy a new smaller one, and then use the extra money to fill up the boat for a night of fishing... :tu:
 

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I vote for (4)400 HPS's and a smaller generator. Thats by far the best move I ever made on my 1650!
 
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I vote for (4)400 HPS's and a smaller generator. Thats by far the best move I ever made on my 1650!
You reckon you might know where this fella can get some custom fixtures if he decides to go the same route you took?

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Regardless of the ones I pick whether it he 150's 400's hps or500 halo's do yall think it would be goo to add 2 more to the genny rack?
2 lights mounted on the back corners of the boat angled forward would light up the sides pretty goo.I wouldn't put that big genny up in the air on a boat your size.Heck,i got a 10,000 watt on a 20 footer and wouldn't put it up in the air.
 

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I think the genny weighs 180 and is about 2 foot above the back seat. The bottom is even with you ear when driving
 
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I think the genny weighs 180 and is about 2 foot above the back seat. The bottom is even with you ear when driving
yea, thats alot of weight to put in the air. a 3500 will be 80 pounds lighter than that. Might not seem like much to you, but cutting 80 pounds of weight that will be in the air will make your boat a whole lot more stable.


If I had a small boat to rig, I would be running a 2000-2500 watt generator and 7 150 hps with caps added... but thats just what I would do.

I can assure you that you will be much happier if you can figure out a system that will let you run a generator thats 100 pounds or less.
 

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Yea that makes a lot of sense, I caint sell the genny though I use it to run my welder when I caint get to power and also to run my house when power goes out, do you think I could use this until I can get say a 3000 honda?
 
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