Boaters who fish, especially who fish at night, are among the crew of sportsmen who appreciate the virtues of the headlamp. It allows you to illuminate your gear or the knot you’re trying to tie and keep two hands free while doing it. A headlamp also helps when going down into the darkest reaches of the bilge for maintenance or when transiting from the aft cockpit to the bow via side decks. The new Olympia EX550 headlamp is perfect for these situations.
The EX550 is waterproof to IPX-7 standards, which means it can be submerged at 3 feet for 30 minutes. It also has enough impact-resistance to withstand a 3-foot drop. The light at max setting is 550 lumens, and the beam can travel up to 443 feet. There are five settings from low to max, plus strobe. The aluminum body features a pivoting head that you can adjust to shine the beam where you want it. Two CR123A lithium batteries provide the juice to illuminate the LED bulb for up to 60 hours. Overall, it’s a worthy addition to a boater’s gear collection on board. $69.99; olympiaproducts.com