Without a doubt, my favorite time of day to be on the water kayaking is just around dusk. Great Harbor in Woods Hole and the nearby islands are particularly beautiful and peaceful that time of day and it’s a great time of day to fish. However, as darkness falls and other boats are buzzing around, being in a low, unlit kayak can also be a bit dangerous.
I recently discovered Kayalite which is an innovative deck and stern light designed for kayaking around dawn or dusk when it’s important from a safety perspective to be visible to other boats and fellow kayakers. The Kayalite kayak light is a must have safety accessory for any kayaker who enjoys early mornings or evenings on the water. The Kayalite stands out as a well designed product for the following reasons:
- Easy to install
- Rugged & Waterproof
- Attractive design
Easy Installation: The Kayalite attaches easily to any eyelet on your boat or kayak. A stainless steel clip snaps on to the eyelet, you pull it snug with a beefy shock cord and secure it with the built in jam cleat. The Kayalite is a lightweight but rugged light that attaches easily to the aft deck of your kayak in just a few seconds. Once the shock cord is set the Kayalite was firmly secured to the hull of my kayak. Although I used my own stainless steel eyelet, Kayalite offers eyelet kits that not only includes the eyelet hardware (eyelet, washers & nut) but a 1/4″ drill bit as well. It’s this sort of attention to detail that supports the quality of the product and company behind it.
Lightweight: The Kayalite is 18 inches high and only 10oz. It’s easy to carry in a backpack and it’s so light that it doesn’t impact performance.
Rugged & Waterproof: The Kayalite includes a ‘mast’ that is made from ABS black plastic that is both durable and waterproof. The light itself is made from ABS ad lexan. Both the mast and the light can take the bumps of a paddle. The Kayalite has a soft foam rubber base that will help it attach snuggly to the boat without any abrasions and also serves as flotation. The Kayalite attaches firmly enough to stay seated even if you roll and its waterproof design will keep it working.The hearty shock cord feels substantial and keeps the Kayalite firmly in place.
Attractive design: The Kayalite looks cool, like a mini light sabre or something. It’s very functional, helps you be safe and looks good on you deck!
The Kayalite uses 3 AA batteries (which are included!), these provide over 200 hours of burn time. The LED light itself is good for more than 10,000 hours of operation and 360 degree visibility. The light is switched on or off by simply twisting the light. It’s something that can be easily dome with gloves on, cold hands or in the dark. The light mounted on the stern, enables you to be seen by other boaters easily but at only 18″ it doesn’t provide an impediment to paddling and also helps to ensure outstanding night vision. We consider these an important design features.
In addition to my kayak, I feel that the Kayalite has a place on my inflatable dingy. It’s the perfect alternative to holding the flashlight which never seems to work and takes too many hands to use!
In addition to the Kayalite, Kayalu also makes other kayak accessories including the Kayapod, Kayaball and Kayacam mounts.
At $39, the Kayalite is an inexpensive and essential safety accessory for your kayak. If you enjoy being on the water during those dusk and dawn hours do yourself a favor and pick one up.
Kayalite KLT-1050 Specifications
Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
Weight: 10 oz. (285 g)
Tektite Mark III (included):
Switch: Twist On/Off
Depth Rating: 1,000 feet (300 m)
Lamp: 1 LED
Lamp Life: 10,000+ hours
Burn Time: 200+ hours
Batteries: 3 AA Alkaline (included)
Materials: ABS and LEXAN
U.S. Patent #6,168,288
Mast Material: ABS black, textured
Base Cushion Material: EVA foam
Fastener: plated steel breech clip
Mast Hardware: marine-grade stainless steel
Bungee Cable: saltwater-resistant nylon coated
Bungee Rings: marine-grade stainless steel
Locking Mechanism: jam cleat
U.S. Patents Pending