Friends in high places
In my last post about electrical repairs I commented that our deck light had ceased to function and would require a bit more troubleshooting. In this case, checking the light required a quick trip up the mast. This is not the first time we have had issues with the deck light. A similar trip up the mast to swap out the light bulb took place back in June 2010. We’ve had a bit more practice with mast-climbing since then so it all went pretty smoothly. In fact, the most difficult part of the entire procedure was trying to remember how the light bulb came out of the fixture.
You can see Pigeon Island, St. Lucia in the background of this pic.
Once back on deck with the bulb we were able to check it and sure enough, it had blown. Now to find a replacement. The bulb in question is actually a tractor headlight bulb, GE number #4411. It can be purchased at most auto-parts stores for less than 10 bucks. But guess what? They also sell it at the marine chandlery here. Can you guess how much they want for it? $48.00 US. Yes, you read that right, $48.00 United States Dollars, not Eastern Caribbean Dollars, which, at the current exchange rate 2.7 of 1, still would have made it expensive. Freakin’ crazy! I actually laughed when the cashier told me that and obviously did not purchase the bulb. The deck light is very non-essential for us and I would wear a headlamp indefinitely before I would pay that kind of money for a light bulb.